Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button might not have much to get excited about in F1 2015, but they look forward to their on-track meetings.

Such an encounter appeared to be brewing at the end of the Italian Grand Prix, when the pair - who had run counter strategies in an effort to cover all eventualities in a race that often throws up the unexpected - came together in a battle for 15th place. Just as it looked set to get exciting, however, the unreliability that has blighted the McLaren-Honda combination almost as much as its lack of performance, accounted for the Spaniard, who was forced to retire for the sixth time in twelve races.

Coming from row eight after the myriad engine penalties were applied to the overnight grid, Alonso made a good start to the race but, having found himself in the thick of the action at the opening chicane, was made to pay for his choice of prime tyres as faster cars picked him off.

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"I got a good start today, then a couple of cars made contact at the first corner, which slowed me down," the double world champion confirmed, "Then, at the second chicane, I came close to Jenson and eventually lost all the advantage I'd gained."

Just as he was about to begin dicing with his team-mate once again, Alonso suffered an electrical control board issue, which prompted him to head for the pits. Although a quick switch-change brought the car back to life, allowing the Spaniard to drive through without stopping, he was eventually forced into retirement at the end of the lap.

"Jenson and I were on two different tyre strategies, to try to cover all possible opportunities, so I had a slower first stint, but then I was a bit quicker in the second," Alonso concluded, "In the final laps, however, I felt a loss of power and was told to retire the car so as not to cause further damage. We were outside the points anyway, so it was a wise decision."