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Fernando Alonso

Alonso keen to move on from ‘race to forget’ in Singapore

Alonso ended the Singapore well outside the points after enduring multiple issues during the race

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Fernando Alonso has labelled the Singapore Grand Prix as a “race to forget” for Aston Martin.

The Spaniard started the race in seventh place but struggled for pace around the Marina Bay Circuit, describing the car as “undrivable” at one point.

He also picked up a five-second time penalty for crossing the pit lane entry line, which he served during a pit stop that lasted over 25 seconds after a problem with the right-rear, before going wide at Turn 14 and dropping to last.

He was classified 15th and the final car to take the chequered flag as 16th placed George Russell crashed on the final lap and did not complete it.

Alonso's difficult day

"It was a difficult race," Alonso told media including RacingNews365.

"Obviously we didn't have the pace that we were hoping for.

"[There were] too many mistakes going into the pit lane, slow pit stop, traffic all in one race. A race to forget, but as I said only one race. That's the good thing.

"Hopefully, we can get rid of all these bad things, learn from those and get better in Japan.

"We killed the tyres very quickly after the pit-stops. So it was a tough race.

“We need to look at the details. Obviously, we don't have the answers yet, but we need to get better for Japan.

"We all expected a strong weekend in Singapore. It was not the case, so maybe in Japan, we don't expect magic there and maybe we get a nice surprise.”

Aston Martin ran just one car in the race following Lance Stroll's sizeable crash during qualifying with the team electing to withdrew the Canadian.

Following the non-score a big hauls for Ferrari and Mercedes, Aston Martin is now 48 points behind third-place Ferrari having scored just 21 points in three races since the summer break.

F1 2023 Singapore Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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