Fernando Alonso admits there may be a glimmer of temptation to stop his car on the first lap of the Austrian Grand Prix in order to save his components for the next race, but insists he will treat it as a test now.

The Spaniard - who has retired from the last three races due to mechanical issues - has been beset by more technical problems throughout the Austrian Grand Prix weekend and joins McLaren-Honda team-mate Jenson Button in taking a 25-place grid penalty for the race (including a drive-thru) due to various component changes.

Indeed, by starting on such a back foot, Alonso admits he might be tempted to park the car up at the beginning for the purpose of preservation, but he says it is important to get more miles on the troubled MP4-30.

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"With this kind of rules and penalties, there is a temptation to finish the race on lap one to save the engine for the next race," he admitted. "You are last and you are 30secs behind the Manors on lap three, so that is a bit painful, but that is not in our DNA and we are a bit short on mileage for these cars so hopefully we can finish with both cars and have lots of data to analyse."

Despite this, Alonso took some heart from getting in Q2 during qualifying anyway, but remains troubled by the persistent reliability issues.

"A little bit of hope after a difficult weekend so far," he continued. "We have faced too many problems in free practice, so we definitely need to improve the reliability."

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The whole circus should be parked up