Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso fought back from an incident during Q2 to qualify in fourth place for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, marking just his second start from the front two rows in the past seventeen races.
At the beginning of Q2, the Spaniard was hit by Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat at turn nine after the Russian rookie locked up in the wet conditions. Although the stewards did not elect to penalize either driver over the incident, Alonso did suffer some damage to his front suspension that appeared to scupper his chances of making it through to the top ten.
However, after hobbling back to the pits under the second red flag of the day, the Ferrari mechanics were able to quickly fix Alonso’s car and get him back out just a few minutes after the session had restarted.
Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton after qualifying, Alonso explained how he is not concerned about the rain forecast for the race tomorrow, believing that Ferrari will perform well regardless of the weather.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.
Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.
“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”
Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.