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Fernando Alonso finished twelfth in the Spanish Grand Prix after a difficult time following Daniil Kvyat in Barcelona, but he confessed that this was as well as he could have done with the resources available to him.
The McLaren-Honda racer had started seventh, but lost out after getting pushed into the gravel trap by his former Scuderia Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa on the opening lap, before getting stuck behind Kvyat.
Although Alonso was visibly upset about the fact that he could not notch his first points after starting in such a promising position, he was happy to finally see the chequered flag for the first time this campaign after having had to face the frustration of retiring in the first four races.
He claimed that even if the aforementioned two incidents did not take place, it is unlikely that his car had the required muscle to remain in the top 10 or finish in any notable position.
“The race didn’t go as we’d planned,” admitted Alonso. “We were a little bit unlucky with the contact in Turn Two with Felipe Massa and then we were behind Daniil Kvyat for too many laps in the mid part of the race, but even without that I think we didn’t have the race pace to be in the points today to be honest.”
He claimed to be disappointed by the result, but the fact that he finished the race was an accomplishment in itself.
“I’m a little disappointed, but at least we finished the race, and hopefully this is the first sign of a step forward in reliability. We now need to prepare better the next Grand Prix.”
The Spaniard will now be seen plying his trade in the Indy500 as he aims to become only the second driver to claim the French triple crown.