Fernando Alonso admits that he is “speechless” after having finished 17th at the Australian Grand Prix.
After a hydraulics issue cost him a potential front row start, bad luck struck Alonso once again on Sunday.
The Spaniard was on an alternative strategy – he had started the race on the Hard tires. However, the strategy was spoiled by the Safety Car that was brought out after Sebastian Vettel’s crash. It was too early to change the tires at that moment. After he switched to the Medium tires, Alonso was stuck in traffic and eventually his tires were worn out, so he had an additional pit stop in the final stages of the race.
In the end, the Alpine driver finished the race 17th. Alonso shared his thoughts about the race.
“[I’m] speechless, to be honest,” he said.
“It’s hard to accept that everything is going in the wrong way at the moment. But it’s only three races in the championship, still 20 to go.
“Luck I guess is going to compensate sooner or later in the 23 races and we will be in other occasions lucky, I guess so.
“But at the moment we lost P6 in Saudi guaranteed. Here I think we were looking for P6 or P7 before the Safety Car.
“And obviously, if we take into account yesterday, the podium today was very easy with Max [Verstappen] out.
“Beating George [Russell] to the podium, I think we were quite fast, a lot faster than the Mercedes in this circuit, so we lost an opportunity.”