The two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, started fifth on the grid for the race, which began in rainy conditions. He managed to overtake Carlos Sainz and secure his starting position by taking a different racing line. Alonso had previously discovered more grip on the inside of the track during wet practice sessions. Despite uncertainty about the grip level, Alonso successfully made the move and emerged in third place behind Lando Norris. He believed that his overtake was worthy of being the “overtake of the month” and hoped to receive recognition for it.