Fernando Alonso believes that McLaren’s fortunes in today’s Mexican Grand Prix lie firmly with the weather gods as he prepares to start from the back row of the grid.
Alonso dropped out in Q1 on Saturday, qualifying 16th, but will lose another three places by virtue of a grid penalty applied after McLaren change part of his power unit.
The Spaniard will be joined on the back row of the grid by McLaren teammate Jenson Button, who took no part in qualifying due to an engine issue and also has a 70-place grid penalty hanging over his head.
Alonso explained how he felt there was little to gain from qualifying on Saturday, and believes it will take a crazy race for McLaren to fight further up the field and score points.
“We went into qualifying knowing that our penalties would relegate us to the last row of the grid, so there wasn’t much to gain from qualifying this afternoon,” Alonso said.
“It was more about finding out how the car felt; using up tires and engine mileage for no reason made little sense.
“We need some rain and chaos tomorrow. We have plenty of fresh sets of tires – both dries and wets – so let’s see what we can do. Hopefully, we can recover some places in the race.”
The Mexican Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1:30pm ET on Sunday.