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Alonso deploys wily TRICK on Hamilton to post much better qualifying time

Alonso deploys wily TRICK on Hamilton to post much better qualifying time

Alonso deploys wily TRICK on Hamilton to post much better qualifying time

Alonso deploys wily TRICK on Hamilton to post much better qualifying time

Fernando Alonso utilised his extensive Formula 1 experience to help deliver a better lap in qualifying for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard is participating in his 22nd season this year, with the knowledge that he has gathered across a variety of cars paying dividends in the Middle East.

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In the final stages of Q3, Alonso cheekily set himself up to receive a free tow from seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton out of the final corner, while the Brit was finishing his final lap.

By staying on the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes, Alonso was able to gain a vital few tenths which helped him to secure fourth position in qualifying.

The tow was a perfect demonstration of the slipstream effect, where a car's top speed increases as it is sucked forward into a vacuum that is created by a car in front driving through and punching a hole in the air.

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Fernando Alonso was very clever in Q3
Fernando Alonso caught a tow from Lewis Hamilton
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He ended up just half a tenth away from a front row start alongside the imperious Max Verstappen, but a poor last sector denied him a shot at progressing further.

Arguably, he has been the star performer of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix weekend, producing speed in the exact instance that it has been required.

Entering the final season of his Aston Martin contract, Alonso shows no signs of slowing down and he could yet have his eyes on a move to Red Bull or Mercedes for 2025 as he bids to win a third world championship – 20 years after he won his first.

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