2018 Canadian GP: No Points for McLaren as Alonso Has to Retire

McLaren's Alonso, Sauber's Ericsson, Toro Rosso's Hartley
McLaren have failed to deliver in Canada, Fernando Alonso had to retire and Stoffel Vandoorne finsihed in a low 16th place. The Canadian Grand Prix was never going to be easy for McLaren, even more so after only qualifying in 14th & 15th place. Fernando started his race by attempting to overtake Sauber’s Charles Leclerc going into turn one, but the Spaniard had to yield as the door was closed by Leclerc and Alonso got ran out of road. Leclerc’s move resulted in Alonso dropping places before the first corner, banging wheels with Sergey Sirotkin in the process. Stoffel Vandoorne got caught out by Hartley and Stroll colliding in turn 6, Alonso needed no further invitation and overtook him before the Safety Car came out on track – Vandoorne had to pit after picking up a puncuture. Car #14 of Fernando Alonso was 14th at the end of the first lap with work to do. As racing resumed on lap 5, Alonso straight away got ahead of Sirotkin moving him up into 13th, but when Sergio Pérez collided with Carlos Sainz on the pit-straight, the Mexican got into a spin and rejoined the track dangerously in turn 3. Pérez’s spin resulted in chaos – Fernando Alonso used this chaos to his advantage, overtaking both Perez and Keving Magnussen at the exit of turn 3. Alonso attempted to pass Charles Leclerc on track, but he struggled to beat the acceleration of the Ferrari powered Sauber. McLaren have pitted Alonso on lap 19 to attempt an undercut on the Sauber, when the undercut initially failed, Alonso had to race Leclerc at the pit exit and with the usage of the McL33’s “overtake button” he got ahead into 10th place on lap 20 into turn 4. Nothing happened until lap 41 when Fernando Alonso’s car had a sudden loss of power, the Spaniard had to retire from points in his 300th Grand Prix…
2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Results
Driver Team Engine Time
1. germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 1:28:31.377
2. finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes +7.376s
3. netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG +8.360s
4. australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG +20.892s
5. united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes +21.559s
6. finland Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari +27.184s
7. germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault Renault +1 lap
8. spain Carlos Sainz Renault Renault +1 lap
16. belgium Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault +2 laps
DNF spain Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault +27 laps

Fernando Alonso, Post-Race:

“The race was fun at the beginning, especially after the restart, when we overtook three cars in two corners. Pérez was on the grass sideways and came back onto the track, so it was difficult to anticipate what line he would have taken. Then halfway through the race, I felt a loss of power and was told to retire.”

“It’s sad, frustrating and I’m disappointed with this result. We weren’t competitive this weekend. We need to find more performance in the car and a way to become competitive. Reliability is also important, as we saw at the beginning of the year how many points we scored and how many we’ve lost now in the last two races, by retiring today and retiring in Monaco when we were running in seventh position.”

“There are a few areas of the car that we need to keep working on and improving, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple of months.”

“I’m flying tonight to France, as tomorrow I need to be in Le Mans. It will be a busy Monday and a new experience, and I’m definitely looking forward to it.”