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Alonso admits Alpine has thrown away podium chances

After making a comeback to Alpine in 2021, Fernando Alonso has only stood on the podium once after achieving a podium at last year's Qatar Grand Prix.

The Mexican Grand Prix featured another race retirement for Fernando Alonso, in what appears to be a year plagued by reliability problems. While Alpine admitted they have prioritised performance over reliability in 2022 , Alonso believes the team has thrown away a couple of chances to achieve podiums due to their own faults. "I think we don't have the win [this year] because what happened in Hungary last year will never happen [again in] maybe 100 years," the Spaniard told media. "Then the podium. Maybe in Canada we had a chance, in Australia we had the chance, but we lost by our own fault. "I think we are similar to last year in a way, I think for McLaren it's [been] a step back which is why we are fighting for fourth."

Alonso: I should be 60 points ahead of any other midfield position

Following the Mexican Grand Prix, Alonso expressed his frustration with the team over their reliability throughout the year. Without the problems the Spaniard believes that he would be significantly ahead in the midfield. "I should be 60 points ahead of any other midfield position," he claims. "I know there are a lot of talks after Mexico, five DNFs this year with engine issues. "But there are four races that I finished all without battery, or the car didn't start in Austria. "So, it was amazing, 20 races to have problems to nine or something and you can only [finish] 50%." Given the number of non-finishes, Alonso still thinks he is performing better compared to his comeback year in 2021. He added: "I'm happy with these two years. Last year I was not performing at my best, I felt uncomfortable a few times and I had to overcome few challenges. "While this year was nearly 100%, so that gives me the momentum into the future. I will always be very grateful to Alpine for giving me a chance."

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