Alonso’s ordeal in Singapore: “The car was undriveable”

He Singapore Grand Prix It has had a great protagonist. Carlos Sainz has given a piloting lesson and he has known how to overcome all the circumstances and a thrilling end to the race, with the Mercedes stalking him in the last laps thanks to his advantage with the new tires after the last safety car. On the opposite side, the great defeated have been the Red Bull, for the first time off the podium this year, with Verstappen 5th and Pérez 8th. But there has still been one more injured pilot, Fernando Alonsowho has lived a real hell on the track Marina Bay.

The Asturian started seventh on the grid, without great expectations, aware that His car had no rhythm or speed to attack this weekend. After a good start he gained position from Kevin Magnussen to place sixth. And from here, things have gone completely wrong.

A 25 second stop

“This car is undriveable”, Alonso complained on the radio to confirm the disaster, after receiving a 5-second penalty for crossing the pit lane line. A driving error inappropriate for him and undoubtedly a product of his nervousness about the poor performance of his Aston Martin.

Upon entering the pits for the second time, ready to serve the penalty, when he was still riding in the top ten, A wheel on the AMR23 is stuck and Fernando’s stop has gone up to 25 seconds. Everything is over here. Alonso has fallen to 16th place, which in the end was 15th due to Russell’s accident on the last lap of the race.

No grip

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“We didn’t have the pace we expected. And too many things have happened. A mistake when entering the pits, a not very good stop, traffic. All in a single race. We have to analyze it because The car was very difficult to drive, it had very little grip at the rear. We killed the tires very quickly after the pit stop and it was a very tough race. We need to improve for the next race,” he summarized.

Alonso, who has lost third place in the drivers’ championship with Hamilton, appeared before the press with a look of disgust. “A race to forget, for sure,” said the Asturian. “It has been complicated from the beginning, there was no rhythm. Let’s hope it’s better in Japan. We all expected a good weekend in Singapore and that was not the case. So maybe in Japan we don’t expect magic and we get a pleasant surprise,” he concluded.