Fernando Alonso: “Today’s race was definitely disappointing”

Fernando Alonso felt it was a missed opportunity for the McLaren-Honda team to get both cars in the points during the Singapore Grand Prix as both he and team-mate Jenson Button were both forced into early retirement with gearbox issues.

Alonso was running inside the top ten when he was forced to retire, having been running a competitive race up to that point, but feels the team still lack performance and reliability and still have lots of work to do to be competitive.

“Today’s race was definitely disappointing for us because both Jenson and I could have been in the points today and we missed that opportunity,” said Alonso. “Gearbox problems caused the failure of both cars.

“Before retiring, though, we were running in the top 10, and our performance on the Supersoft [tyre] was quite good, so I think we could have kept that position until the end.

“But to score points you have to finish, and we didn’t today, so today was a reminder that we need to work harder than ever. We still lack performance and reliability, and fixing those two things represent a lot of work and we need to do that.”