With the car brought into the pits near the end, Alonso was classified in P19. There was also a slight scare earlier in the event when his front brakes caught fire as he was emerging from his pit stop, before being blown out when he got up to speed.

Reflecting on what the team had learned about the AMR24 during the race – on a weekend where they had brought upgrades – Alonso explained: “We need to wait and see all the data that we gathered today and ask the team what they saw [that was] different between the two cars.

“We opted to set-up different in my car and, yeah, let’s see if we found a direction for the next few races. It was a tough weekend, obviously qualifying dictates everything here.

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“It will be the same in Monaco, so we need to do that perfect Saturday that obviously makes things easier for Sunday.”

Asked if he had been keen to get the weekend over and move onto the next following his struggles on Saturday, the 42-year-old admitted: “Yeah, that kind of weekend. It’s a little bit [frustrating] that, [in] the race, you know more or less what is going to happen.


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