Alonso encouraged by McLaren midfield scrap

By on Sunday, July 10, 2016
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Fernando Alonso says McLaren cannot be "proud" with its result at the British Grand Prix but nonetheless noted the improvements made by the squad.

Alonso was challenging for points when he went off in damp conditions at Abbey and brushed the barriers, losing valuable time and track position.

Alonso was able to recover from the incident but came home a low-key 13th, behind team-mate Jenson Button.

There’s not much to be proud about after finishing 12th and 13th today.

"In the tricky conditions at the start, you can go from hero to zero in the space of one lap, so we just did what we could with the strategy," he said.

"We lost some positions during the stops, unfortunately, so we need to go away and look at that.

"There was a point in the race where I felt I could have scored a few points – when I was pushing hard behind Felipe [Massa] – but it was just too difficult to overtake. Then I went off at Abbey.

"It was a tough race, but, even though it may not look like it, I think we’ve made a step forward this weekend; we’re more competitive.

"We could fight with Williams, Force India and Toro Rosso in the race, and that’s good news."

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