Fernando Alonso endured a home Grand Prix to forget at Circuit de Catalunya after a difficult race was ended prematurely by an engine problem.
The McLaren-Honda driver had demonstrated the team's forecasted progress through the competitive midfield by making it into Q3 in qualifying – the first time a Honda-powered car has progressed into the pole shootout since the manufacturer's comeback to F1 – but the Spaniard suffered an underwhelming blast off the grid and slipped down the order.
With the minor disadvantage of starting on used soft tyres Alonso progress became stunted stuck behind traffic. The former F1 world champion frustrations were completed when he suffered an engine issue on lap 46 which forced him to pull out of the race.
“Unfortunately we didn't capitalise today, we had a strong weekend until the race,” Alonso said. “Also with the two Mercedes out normally it's a good chance to score some points but we missed it today.
“We lost everything on the start, we didn't manage to have a good getaway then I had traffic in front of me all race long and I didn't show my pace, so that's the way it is. It was a loss of power, we need to keep investigating what was the cause of it, unfortunately we didn't capitalise.”