Fernando Alonso will be frustrated that his qualifying was compromised by floor damage from early in the session, though he can still progress in the upcoming races this weekend.
The Spaniard's first laps were extremely promising, comfortably putting himself into the second elimination session.
However, he would fail to improve on his initial attempts in Q2 and Q3 after picking up floor damage. Still, Alonso was upbeat when speaking to the media post-session:
"Yeah, it felt good [the car]. It felt very competitive. Unfortunately in qualifying, we had a broken floor from Q1, so that compromised a little bit of our performance.
I think we were looking for the top 5, top 6. So yeah, I think the car is good and it should be good for tomorrow."
The Double World Champion will look to recover positions and score some vital points tomorrow, though he believes the front-runners are well out of the A522's reach:
"[The aim is] to recover to places tomorrow and more on Sunday.
I think we are still a step behind [the leaders] but I think generally it has been a very competitive weekend, so let's try not to lose it tomorrow."
Alpine are just six points from McLaren in the standings, and with Ocon qualifying in a very strong P6, the team has an opportunity to take fourth place in the constructors' battle.