Perhaps predictably, Fernando Alonso isn’t too worried by his shock Q1 exit and lowly grid position for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix, as he expects an incident-filled race tomorrow.

The Ferrari driver was eliminated in the opening qualifying session when his Ferrari team rather foolishly elected to leave both its cars in the garage in the opening minutes of the session, hoping that the track would dry out before it allowed its drivers out to set competitive lap times.

It was a monumental blunder for the team, and neither driver could make it above the yellow line after the opening 20-minute session; Alonso will start in 19th place and Massa will line up one row behind, in 21st.

Qualifying - Fernando Alonso

With more rain forecast for tomorrow’s race, Fernando isn’t overly concerned about his grid position.

“The race is tomorrow, not today, and tomorrow a lot of things will happen, so the starting position is just an anecdote,” he told reporters.

“With this race schedule at the the time when it always rains, tomorrow will be a race with a lot of changes, so all we need to do is give it all and try to recover a lot of positions,” he added.

“When it rains, weird things happen and the [race] turns into a lottery."

[Original image via GP Update]

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