McLaren 'deserved' Austin points - Alonso
23 October 2017 – Fernando Alonso hailed an "amazing performance" from McLaren at the United States Grand Prix and believes the operation deserved points, before an MGU-H failure forced him out.
Alonso ran in eighth position – which was a net seventh due to the presence of the yet-to-stop Felipe Massa – but slowed approaching mid-distance amid a power unit issue.
Alonso rued his premature exit, the 11th time this season that he has failed to reach the chequered flag in Formula 1.
"I think we really deserved to collect some points," said Alonso.
"We did a good qualifying, a good race, and made a good start, but with no reward; from our side I think it was an amazing performance.
"On the straight I lost power – I felt some vibrations in the engine and some really weird things were going on.
"It's such a pity. In the last few races we have lost so many points – possibly 15 or 20 – which probably could have helped our position in the championship for myself and also the team.
"It's painful, especially because we were seventh on merit and we had fought for that.
"It really was a missed opportunity."
Stoffel Vandoorne, meanwhile, recovered from the back of the grid, having taken on engine penalties, to finish in 12th position.
"Even though it wasn't for any points, I think I put in a very good performance after a difficult qualifying starting from the back," said Vandoorne.
"We made a lot of overtakes on merit in the corners, which maybe weren't really expected considering the lack of straight line speed we have.
"We had a good strategy and some good fights on track, so I'm happy with my pace and I think we maximised our potential.
"It was a shame to get so close to the points, but we were always going to struggle starting so far back today with the penalty."