‘Back to reality’: Extraordinary footage captures Fernando Alonso watching Max Verstappen’s incredible qualifying lap in real time as the Spaniard is interviewed live on TV… before the title contender dramatically crashes

Fernando Alonso’s entertaining reactions to Max Verstappen’s dramatic and ultimately disastrous qualifying lap in Saudi Arabia have been captured on video. on TV as Verstappen drove close to the wall early on in his fierce pursuit in top spot. The 40-year-old, who currently drives for Alpine, keeps ‘one eye’ on Verstappen’s lap while reflecting on his own 13th-placed finish, chuckling: ‘It was good, man, it was good. After the huge setback, Verstappen admitted: ‘It was terrible but it was, in general, a good qualifying. Follow coverage of the penultimate race with Sportsmail’s live blog from 4.30pm on Sunday, with the race starting at 5.30pm.

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