Alonso: “It’s tough, it’s frustrating"

By on Sunday, April 30, 2017

A hugely disappointing afternoon for the whole McLaren-Honda team after Fernando Alonso failed to start the Russian Grand Prix. 

The Spaniard suffered an ERS software fault on the parade lap, and, despite attempting to restart it during the lap, he was unable to make it back to the pits and was left stranded on the circuit.

“It’s tough, it’s frustrating – every weekend is the same", says Alonso.

“My power unit didn’t have the usual power during the formation lap, so my engineer told me to change some settings on the steering wheel. Unfortunately, that didn’t work and towards the end of the lap the engine shut down. My race was over before it started.

“Not being able to take part in the race today and not being able to finish any race so far this season is extremely tough.

“But Formula 1 is my life, so hopefully we can improve the situation soon.”

Alonso's team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, took the chequered flag in 14th position, but was unable to challenge any of the runners ahead of him.

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