Alonso: Podium chance wasted by start issue

By on Sunday, August 24, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says his chance of finishing on the podium at the Belgian Grand Prix was ended when he suffered a technical issue prior to the formation lap.

Alonso was left on the jacks as the formation lap got underway and while he was able to assume his fourth place grid slot, he was handed a five second time penalty which dropped him down the order.

"Today my race started on the back foot as the car did not fire up and we had to use another battery," he said.

"It’s a shame because we had a strong pace all weekend and, starting fourth, we could have finished on the podium. With a penalty to take and on a circuit where top speed is our weak point, we knew we didn’t stand much of a chance, but all the same we did our best."

Alonso finished in eighth place, which later became seventh when Kevin Magnussen was penalised for edging Alonso onto the grass along the Kemmel Straight.

"Unfortunately, towards the end there was some rather questionable driving and after my front wing was damaged in a coming together with Vettel, the important thing was to get to the chequered flag," he said.

"I know the Stewards acted on what happened, but I don’t think it’s that important when you are fighting for sixth and seventh places. Now we must look ahead and prepare for Monza. Even if it’s a track that won’t suit our car, it’s our home race. We will have the support of all the fans and so it’s a race where we want to do better. Let’s hope we succeed in that."

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