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Fernando Alonso plays down Q2 Ferrari incident

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Fernando Alonso has refused to blame Sebastian Vettel for failing to make it into Q3, saying he simply was not quicker than 14th during qualifying at Hockenheim.

After being eliminated from the middle session, Alonso was heard complaining about losing "massive time" to a Ferrari, which McLaren's response confirmed to be Vettel. The Spaniard had shown encouraging pace throughout the weekend but said he only lost a fraction of time behind Vettel at the end of his key lap.

"I don't think I would have made it into Q3, but there was a Ferrari going into the pits, I did two corners behind it and lost a couple of hundredths," Alonso said. "It wouldn't have been enough to move into Q3 so I don't want to complain about anything: I was 14th because I was the 14th quickest!

"I hit a kerb quite hard, I think I probably went over a bit of dirt and lost a small part of the car, but that was nothing much. I had done a 16.3s in the first lap and I managed a 16.1s in the last one, so I didn't lose much time with that."

Alonso will actually start 13th after compatriot Carlos Sainz serves a grid penalty. The Spaniard thinks gaining positions at the start will be key to finishing in the points.

"We'll try to get into the points, improve from where we'll be starting. We'll try to gain some places off the line, because to gain points tomorrow we need to make places right from the start of the race."