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Why Alonso was left 'speechless' after the Australian GP

Fernando Alonso lost ground due to the timing of a Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car in Australia as he crossed the line outside of the points and a lap down.

Fernando Alonso says it is "difficult to explain" how he has failed to score points at the last two races, given the competitive pace he displayed in both Saudi Arabia and Australia. Alonso kicked off the 2022 season with a couple of points in Bahrain and was set to score a handful more at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit before an engine problem ended his race early. He bounced back at the revised Albert Park to threaten an upset in qualifying, only for further technical issues to strike and send him helplessly into the barriers in the early stages of Q3.

Alonso "speechless" as points go missing once again

Having made steady progress from 10th on the grid with the Hard tyres, Alonso was on course for a solid points haul in Sunday's race, only for his afternoon to come undone by the timing of a Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car. "I think we've been extremely unlucky with the Safety Car," lamented Alonso, having fallen down the order to 17th. "We were looking for P6 or P7, which was a great comeback, and with the Safety Car everyone regroups, and our race was gone. "[Under] the Virtual Safety Car, we pitted just to change tyres and obviously it was too early to finish the race on the yellows (Medium tyres), and we gambled on that. [But] I think the killer was the first Safety Car. "I'm speechless, because I think we did a mega weekend in Saudi, and here especially, and we have zero points in the two races, which is difficult to explain."

Alonso: At the next 20 races we'll be super lucky!

Alonso was left to rue his "crazy" misfortune and went on to joke that the remaining 20 races should all go his way. He now sits 14th in the Drivers' Championship, seven places and 18 points behind teammate Esteban Ocon, who finished seventh on Sunday, while Alpine hold fifth position in the Constructors' battle. "You know, it's not guaranteed that we are fast on a weekend, and when we are fast, everything [bad] happened on our car, or on our side, so this is crazy," added Alonso. "But yeah, we're three rounds gone, [and we've been] super unlucky. I guess at the next 20 we'll be super lucky, so let's see!”

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