Fernando Alonso: “There’s not much to be proud about”

Fernando Alonso - Credit: McLaren Media Centre

Fernando Alonso felt McLaren-Honda could have taken a more aggressive approach to its strategy at Silverstone on Sunday after being forced to settle for thirteenth place, just behind team-mate Jenson Button.

The Spaniard had qualified inside the top ten and could have finished higher but for a spin at turn one that he was lucky to escape intact from, but still believed that had his team shown more ambition with its pit calls after losing positions during the pit stops, they could have been celebrating a points finish at the British Grand Prix.

“There’s not much to be proud about after finishing 12th and 13th today,” said Alonso. “In the tricky conditions at the start, you can go from hero to zero in the space of one lap, so we just did what we could with the strategy. We lost some positions during the stops, unfortunately, so we need to go away and look at that.

“There was a point in the race where I felt I could have scored a few points – when I was pushing hard behind Felipe [Massa] – but it was just too difficult to overtake. Then I went off at Turn One.

“It was a tough race, but, even though it may not look like it, I think we’ve made a step forward this weekend; we’re more competitive. We could fight with Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso in the race, and that’s good news.”