Alonso lacking the pace to score points


Fernando Alonso says while fighting with the Williams was a step forward for McLaren, they cannot be proud of their result at Silverstone.

The Spaniard finished Sunday’s British Grand Prix in 13th place, one position behind his team-mate Jenson Button.

It was a disappointing result for Alonso, who had started as high as sixth on the grid.

His efforts to score points, though, were not helped by a spin at Abbey that saw him fall out of the top ten.

“We are P12 and P13, so I don’t think we should be very proud of today’s race,” quotes him as having. “It is the way it is.

“Probably we could have a point or two with my car, but it’s difficult to overtake any cars with the power we have at the moment, so we have to invent some places like Turn 1 or Turn 2, and we went off there.

“Tough race. We didn’t have the pace to finish in the points, and that’s it.

“We were close, especially when the track was damp I think we were a bit quicker. Then when the track dried up we struggled, but we have people who are very competitive in front, like Williams, Force India, Toro Rosso…

“We were close, but we are still missing that bit in the race.”

There is, however, some positives to be taken from the weekend.

He added: “I think it’s a step forward this weekend, fighting with Williams, with Force India and Toro Rosso in the race, so that’s good news.”

McLaren remain seventh in the Constructors’ Championship on 32 points.