Valencia, Spain: Fernando Alonso was pleased with his Ferrari's performance but surprised to be starting from the sixth row of the grid after qualifying in 11th position for Sundays European Grand Prix.
The Maranello-based outfit were stunned after both Alonso and Felipe Massa, complete with an array of upgrades to their cars, came within three tenths of a second of Q2 pace-setter Romain Grosjean of Lotus, but did not make it into the final top-ten qualifying shootout.
The double champion was left scratching his head after what he had felt was a strong performance.
"I think how close the times were. From a handling point of view, driving the car, everything was good" he said.
"In Montreal we were four tenths from the quickest in Q2, and here we were two tenths from the quickest in Q2.