Alonso: Retirement 'less painful' than usual

Alonso: Retirement 'less painful' than usual

16 July 2017 – Fernando Alonso says his retirement from the British Grand Prix was "less painful" than usual, given that he was not fighting for a points-paying position.

McLaren driver Alonso amassed another sizeable grid penalty for Sunday's race at Silverstone, having taken on an array of new Honda power unit elements.

Alonso made early progress from the back of the grid to run as high as 13th, though was unable to break into the top 10, before being forced into retirement.

Honda reported a drop in fuel pressure and then a loss of power on Alonso's car, shortly after the halfway mark, with further details under investigation.

"Unfortunately we had another issue today, with the fuel pump, I think, which hopefully didn't make any damage to engine and we can keep using it," said Alonso.

"It was a difficult weekend with the penalties and starting last.

"We were following a group of cars, [but] we were not in the points, so let's say the DNF today was a little less painful, because we were not able to take points."

Stoffel Vandoorne made the finish in the other MCL32, but again narrowly missed out on points in 11th, a few seconds down on Felipe Massa's Williams and the Force Indias.

"It's a shame not to score points today, because our pace was pretty strong, considering the circuit," said Vandoorne, who made Q3 and qualified ninth fastest.

"But there are plenty of positives to take from the weekend.

"I think the qualifying session was good, and also in the race, to finish so close to both Force Indias and a Williams shows encouraging progress."

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