Because the grid was vacated earlier than the beginning, Alonso’s automotive was left on the grid on its jacks with the tyre blankets nonetheless hooked up, because the crew was frantically making an attempt to unravel a technical difficulty on the automotive.
However because the grid was led round for one more formation lap attributable to Zhou Guanyu‘s engine shut-off, shopping for Alpine extra time, Alonso did not handle to begin from the pitlane as a result of his automotive failed to fireside up.
A pissed off Alonso defined his automotive went right into a full shutdown on the grid, the underlying purpose for which is but to be identified.
“5 minutes earlier than the beginning we had full blackout within the automotive and we couldn’t change on the automotive,” Alonso mentioned when requested concerning the difficulty by Autosport.
“We tried to fireside up with an exterior battery, however it did not work both, so there’s something greater happening there and let’s attempt to repair it for tomorrow.
“As a result of they weren’t lining up within the beginning grid, we tried to be prepared, however it did not work with the second battery both in order I mentioned, there’s something greater happening.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine A522
Photograph by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images
Alonso will begin Sunday’s principal race from the again row and feared his “weekend is over” now attributable to how laborious it appeared to go within the dash.
“Yeah, it is over. Weekend over usually, as a result of as we noticed right here, there are trains of automobiles and you can not go.
“It may be irritating with the DRS trains and issues like that. So we are going to attempt to be artistic with the technique and attempt to get fortunate perhaps with security automobiles or one thing.
“So let’s examine, however I believe it’ll be a really, very lengthy race behind many automobiles.”
It is the newest setback for the Spaniard after a spate of retirements earlier within the season, with the 40-year-old adamant he has been driving at his finest degree in 10 years.
After scoring a season-best fifth place in Silverstone, Alonso is presently tenth within the standings with 28 factors, 14 behind team-mate Esteban Ocon.
“This yr, I really feel most likely at my highest degree driving sensible, due to the expertise as nicely, perhaps on the degree of 2012 and I’ve 20 factors or one thing like that, so it is unbelievable.
“Possibly we misplaced 70 factors, I suppose 60 factors if we rely all of the retirements and dangerous luck and reliability so it’s a very unusual season.
“Though as I mentioned I am very pleased with my very own job to date this yr I am driving at my finest after which making an attempt to work with a crew as shut as I can.
“If we do not get the factors as a result of all these causes clearly it’s extremely irritating however I might be extra unhappy if it was my very own errors.”