Ferrari’s poor pace sees Alonso miss out on top ten

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Fernando Alonso has qualified outside of the top ten for the first time since June 2012 after Ferrari’s disappointing form continued in today’s qualifying session for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Spanish driver had failed to perform during practice yesterday evening, but he appeared to have found some room for improvement after running well during Q1. However, for the second session, Alonso left his final run until the last possible moment, meaning that he was under pressure to produce a lap good enough to get inside the top ten. He failed to do so, missing the cut by just over one-tenth of a second as teammate Felipe Massa sneaked through in tenth place.

However, Alonso is still optimistic that he can still get a good result out of tomorrow’s race.

“Still a tough weekend for us, but we have to think positive and use the extra new tires to attack in the race! Still confident!” he tweeted after qualifying.

Alonso last failed to qualify inside the top ten at the 2012 European Grand Prix. However, he utilized his fresh set of starting tires to storm through the field and take the win after Sebastian Vettel retired whilst enjoying a commanding lead. Although this may be a good omen, Ferrari’s poor pace in Abu Dhabi so far this weekend suggests that he may not be able to produce a repeat performance.