Something impossible happened in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix – a McLaren made it to Q3
Considering Fernando Alonso only managed two corners in FP1 before his McLaren blew up and was having to play catch-up, it looked like he could struggle to make it out of Q1.
But, no. Somehow in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix, Alonso pulled out a stunning lap in Q2 to make it through to the top 10 shootout.
And then, he put in a mega lap in the final qualifying session to secure seventh place on the grid for his home race – giving McLaren its first Q3 appearance since Abu Dhabi last year.
No, we’re not joking. He really did finish seventh in Q3. We weren’t the only ones who were surprised and there were some brilliant reactions on Twitter to the result.
Lewis Hamilton stormed to pole position for the Spanish GP, beating Sebastian Vettel by just 0.051 seconds. Valtteri Bottas was third, with Kimi Raikkonen fourth.
F1 said back in 2015 that it wanted these new 2017 cars to be five seconds per lap quicker and that’s now the case.
Hamilton’s 1:19.149 was well over five seconds quicker than Nico Rosberg’s 2015 pole time of 1:24.681. These new F1 machines are seriously fast.