‘I don’t know what he was thinking’: Fernando Alonso lashes out at Sergio Perez

Esteban Ocon and Fernando Alonso will start P12 and P13, respectively, in the Netherlands on Sunday.

Alpine endured a tough day at the Dutch Grand Prix as neither Fernando Alonso nor Esteban Ocon made into the third and final qualifying session.

Alonso had been solidly running in the top 10 throughout practice, with Ocon only missing out on that in the final session on Saturday morning.

They both made it through Q1, but the Frenchman was eliminated in the second session having been struggling to make it into the top 10, and he ended up in 12th.

Alonso, as the track was evolving, had fallen behind his team-mate in the order, but he was improving in the first sector.

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As he entered the middle sector though, he encountered the Red Bull of Perez, who was moving slowly on the inside heading down towards Turn Nine.

The 41-year-old ran wide at Turn Nine, before losing the back end at 10, and he struggled to recover the time lost over the rest of the lap.

He qualified 13th as a result, and he reported the Mexican on the radio afterwards.

“I had traffic, Red Bull in Turn Eight, I don’t know what he was thinking,” said Alonso on the radio.

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The stewards have no announced any investigation at this stage, and Alonso did not have the Red Bull in his way by the time he got to the braking zone of Turn Nine.

With neither car getting into Q3, Alpine will have a bit of work to do to score points on Sunday.

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Alpine came into Zandvoort this weekend with a 20-point lead over McLaren in the battle for fourth in the championship and, while Daniel Ricciardo was knocked out in Q1 as his disappointing run continues.

Lando Norris, on the other hand, made it up to P7 behind the Mercedes of George Russell.

Perez ended up fifth after spinning at the end of Q3, while team-mate Max Verstappen claimed his fourth pole position of the season.