A frustrated Fernando Alonso has once again lamented McLaren-Honda's faltering reliability record as more technical gremlins prevented him challenging for a Q3 spot in qualifying once again.

Twelve years after scoring his first F1 win around the Hungaroring, Alonso had been enjoying arguably his most competitive weekend of the 2015 season in the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 and had set his sights on cracking the top ten in qualifying for the first time this year.

However, with team-mate Jenson Button falling at the first hurdle in Q1 when his KERS failed to deploy properly, Alonso's car came to a stop at the start of Q2 with suspected electrical issues.

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Leaving him 15th on the grid, though Alonso is positive about the relatively competitive pace of his car this weekend, he is disappointed that a good chance to crack the top ten has been wasted by more reliability concerns.

"We were unlucky," he said. "The weekend has been quite good for us regularly inside the top ten in the sessions but Jenson had a problem with the KERS system and for me the car switched off so not the right time to have these problems but we will try to learn as much as we can tomorrow.

"We need to learn many things, starting with the reliability as we are too fragile and problems more or less every weekend. We need to go deep into the investigation to make sure these problems do not happen again.

"It was not nice. We know how important qualifying in Hungary and I think tomorrow is going to be tough."

Alonso also touched on the reasoning behind his initial one-man effort to get his car back to the pit-lane, believing he had a chance to get back on track due to the red flag he had caused.

"It was not too bad but I was not allowed to compete in qualifying again after the car didn't arrive by itself into the garage, so once I knew the rules I thought 'why did I push so hard' but anyway that is the way it is. It was not easy to push, I got lucky when I got some help."

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It has to get ugly before its going to be good... This track highlighted the car with a good chassis and aero.. That is why redbull got better and also Mclaren even with those cars being underpowered.. Honda is not a manufacturer that dont know what they are doing... Just look at their racing effort is almost all discipline... They know what their doing they just cant get there fast enough... And for Honda's critics, what about Renault who is still nowhere and blowing up almost every weekend and Ferrari is just false hope in Challenging the Merc, those two manufacturer had a one year more experience than Honda and even more in development years before 2014...