The two-time Formula 1 world champion pretty much broke the internet with his storming Q1 lap on super-softs
For the first time since the 2013 Indian Grand Prix, a McLaren driver set the pace in Q1. Yep, Fernando Alonso was quickest in the first qualifying segment at the 2017 British GP.
Conditions in Q1 were wet and slippery to begin with but the track dried out as the session progressed, so towards the end, a lot of people were thinking about slick tyres.
At the last minute, Alonso scrapped his intermediate tyre lap for a very late move onto super-softs, and no one else followed him into the pits. It was a risky move.
But, Alonso and McLaren had nothing to lose because the Spaniard has a 30-place grid penalty for the Silverstone race anyway…
He just (and we mean, just) made it across the line to put in a timed lap and went quickest with a 1:37.598. And everyone went crazy for it. Here are some of the internet’s best reactions:
Sadly, he was eliminated in Q2, out-qualified by his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne and will start last. But, still. He was P1 in Q1 and no one can take that away from him.