Alonso robbed of ‘guaranteed podium’

Date published: September 17 2017

Fernando Alonso felt a podium finish, perhaps even a race victory, was taken away from him after getting caught up in the chaotic start of the Singapore Grand Prix.

The Spaniard was about to pull away from the carnage and challenge for the race lead until he was an unfortunate victim in a second coming together between Kimi Raikkonen and Max Verstappen.

Alonso tried to continue, but the car had suffered terminal damage and was left with no choice but to retire a few laps later.

"The car was completely destroyed on the left side, and it was almost a miracle we could continue after that hit," said Alonso.

"In the end we had to retire which is shame because we had high hopes for this race.

"I think we would even be leading now because Hamilton was behind me in Turn 1, so if Hamilton is leading now it means we would be leading.

"Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don't. When we start last because of penalties or we change the engine, usually 20 cars finish.

"Now we are good here and with the rain – I think the podium was guaranteed or maybe we would be even fighting for victory – everything happened."