Fernando Alonso is delighted with the performance at the start of the season despite struggles in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Alonso finished 9th in the season opener in Bahrain despite issues with tires and engine. A week later in Saudi Arabia, the Spaniard was on the verge of another top 10 finish, but had to retire due to a mechanical issue.

Though he only scored 2 points so far this year, Alonso is happy with his performance.

“I think I had two great races,” he told Motorsport.com.

“One in Bahrain, but unfortunately with the wrong strategy maybe with the starting tire, starting on a scrubbed [compound] and then that compromised my whole race, and with an engine also that was not great in Bahrain.

“And now here [in Jeddah] I think I was very fast in qualifying, very unlucky, because some other people didn’t have new tires in Q3, and the scrubbed set was the fastest unfortunately.

“So we had to overtake [some] cars and go back to our natural position this weekend. Which was I think P5 or P6. Another retirement, so it’s disappointing to have only two points after two great weekends.

“The pace seems a little bit better than what the results say. And we gifted some points to the people behind us. It’s a long way, luck will turn around, and hopefully we will receive some of these gifts in the future.

“I’m happy with the performance, but as I said we lost points. I think I could be P6 or P7 in the championship to be honest, and I’m not in that position, and it’s not because we don’t deserve it. It is just because we didn’t maximize the points.”

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