As the closing stages of Q3 ended, Alonso led the time sheets with an impressive 1:21.904. Kimi was just a hair faster with a 1:21.813. Alonso has claimed that he was uncertain that the upgrades would actually make the car better that the last three races.
"It's unbelievable—difficult to describe." he said.
Pat Symonds, Renault engineering chief, has said that Alonso is running low on fuel, which helped him improve his lap time.
During testing in Barcelona, the team worked really hard to get their car up to match the top teams. And they have fulfilled their promise. They have added a "shark fin" in the engine cover and some aerodynamic improvements.
The rest of the pack qualified as follows:
Massa, Kubica, Hamilton, Kovalinen, Webber, Trulli, Heidfeld, and Piquet for the first time in Q3.
With these results, Renault will now have more things to look forward to, and have higher expectations on the races to come. It sure promises to be an exiting race.