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.