Italian GP ended in disappointment for Alpine
Alonso started the race from P6 after the necessary grid penalties were handed out, but the Spaniard was forced to bring his car to a halt in Alpine's garage halfway through the race. "There was something on the engine. We lacked deployment at the beginning and we were cutting the energy very short on the straights," the Alpine driver explained in conversation with Formula1.com.
The Spaniard struggled to hold his own in the on-track battles, but suffered a bigger problem midway through the race. He reported this over the team radio, but initially the team could not identify a problem. Later, the driver proved to be right. "Let's see if the engine is alive for future races," Alonso stated.
Even without the problems, Alonso doubts a good result would have been possible. "I think we were just on the edge of the points – P10 or P9 maximum. We were expecting more from this weekend; we were not fast enough. Let’s see if in Singapore we go back to our best level," Alonso concluded.