Fernando Alonso has hailed his personal performance in Austin as sublime before his car again failed him. Alonso qualified ninth for the US Grand Prix which became eighth after Max Verstappen's grid penalty and was solidly competing to be the best of the midfield runners before his Honda engine failed on lap 24.
The retirement marked Alonso's tenth non finish of the season, making it the worst season for reliability for a McLaren for 15 years, with most of the problems originating from the hugely frustrating Honda engine that is being ditched at the end of the year because of its lack of power and reliability.
Although Alonso was disappointed with the retirement, he was surprisingly upbeat after running in a competitive position for most of his race, saying: "I'm very happy with how the weekend went on a personal level - I think the level this weekend was sublime, both in qualifying and in the race, the championship standings don't reflect that. It doesn't change much for me to be 12th or 17th in the championship, but on merit I think we should be a lot higher up."
"I think the engine is broken, and in Mexico there was a chance that we could try to change the engine there and be penalised in order to arrive in Brazil and Abu Dhabi with a fresher engine, now it's basically certain we'll change the engine in Mexico, and therefore another weekend where you start last and it will be complicated to score again."
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