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F1 Canadian GP: Alonso downbeat after ‘boring’ 11th place

Fernando Alonso says without the aid of a safety car period or rain McLaren's chances of a positive result were diminishing with every lap.
Fernando Alonso says without the aid of a safety car period or rain McLaren's chances of a positive result were diminishing with every lap to make it a disappointing Canadian Grand Prix.

The McLaren Honda driver had hoped to carry his momentum from qualifying but before the race hinted his team's power and straight-line speed deficit would hamstring his efforts without a mixed up race with a safety car or rain.

Due to effectively zero interventions, with only Alonso's team-mate Button causing a short Virtual Safety Car after his engine expired on lap 12, the Spaniard slipped backwards through the field to frustrating 11th place.

“We knew we wouldn't be quick if it was fully dry as our settings would have allowed us to be much more competitive if there was rain,” Alonso said. “When I saw I was down in 14th place I immediately thought there wasn't going to be a Safety Car or yellow flags. Nothing. That's always what happens when you are behind. It was the most boring of all races.

“The worst thing from today was the lack of pace and the lack of speed on the straights, but we knew that before the race. I guess all our direct rivals went for two stops and they were going a lot faster than us.

"We opted to go for one stop and did more than 50 laps with one set. I couldn't really attack but it was the best strategy for us.”
by Haydn Cobb



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