Alonso retires after a “sublime” performance

Fernando Alonso faced another infuriating retirement after a “sublime” race at the US Grand Prix.

The Spaniard was in eighth place when he reported lack of power in his car and was asked to head to the pits and retire.

This is Alonso’s 10th retirement this season. He is the second McLaren driver to get 10 DNFs in a single season after Kimi Räikkönen in 2002.

Alonso admitted it is hard to accept another failure especially after qualifying six tenths ahead of teammate Stoffel Vandoorne But he says he was delighted by his own performance in the race.

“I’m very happy with how the weekend went on a personal level. I think the level this weekend was sublime, both in qualifying and in the race,” Alonso said.

“The championship standings don’t reflect that. It doesn’t change much for me to be 12th or 17th in the championship but on merit, I think we should be a lot higher up.”

The Spaniard added: “The engine was losing power and failing and I couldn’t believe it. In Japan you start last, you are running 15th or 16th after the penalty and nothing happens, the engine works perfectly all race.

“Now you are running seventh and it starts to fail and you can’t believe it.”

Honda is planning to install an upgraded engine for Alonso in Mexico which he expects to be another tough race. The penalties that come with a new engine makes it even harder to score points. But in the other two remaining race, he is still hopeful of scoring.

“I think the engine is broken and in Mexico, there was a chance that we could try to change the engine there and be penalised in order to arrive in Brazil and Abu Dhabi with a fresher engine.

“Now it’s basically certain we’ll change the engine in Mexico and therefore another weekend where you start last and it will be complicated to score again.

“Obviously all attention is placed on next year and in these three races, I’d like to score points to improve in the standings and to help the team as well.

“But from the three races remaining in one we’ll start last, so let’s see if we can score in the other two.”

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