Ferrari's Fernando Alonso: "I was completely on the limit"

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Ferrari's Fernando Alonso reveals that he was "completely on the limit" despite finishing seventh in qualifying for the the Italian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso admitted that he was "completely on the limit" in today's qualifying session for the Italian Grand Prix.

Alonso, 33, was the quickest of the drivers not powered by a Mercedes engine, but could only manage seventh place on the grid for tomorrow's race at Monza.

The Ferrari driver claims that he could not have achieved a better result even if he had "100 sets of tyres".

"I was completely on the limit today," Alonso told reporters. "I had two runs in Q2 and two runs in Q3 and I did four identical laptimes, so I could put 100 sets of tyres on and I would do identical laptimes. It was absolutely the maximum.

"Obviously Mercedes and Williams are a little bit too fast, and then there is a group of Ferrari, McLaren and Red Bull quite close in one or two tenths, so hopefully we can lead that group.

"Tyre degradation will be important in the race. Probably we have to make a lot of laps with the soft and a lot of laps with the hard tyre so we just need to have everything under control if possible."

Alonso's Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, 12th in qualifying, will start from 11th following a grid penalty to Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates on the podium after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on July 6, 2014
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