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Fernando Alonso: McLaren speed deficit 'dangerous' in race

Alonso: McLaren speed deficit 'dangerous' in race
By AutoSport

12/06/2017 at 17:14Updated 12/06/2017 at 18:18

McLaren-Honda's straightline speed deficit to rival Formula 1 teams in the Canadian Grand Prix was "dangerous", according to Fernando Alonso.

Speed trap figures in Montreal on race day put Alonso 16mph down on the benchmark 213mph achieved by Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari, with the second McLaren of Stoffel Vandoorne reaching 205mph.

Alonso rose up the order by staying out until lap 42 of the 70-lap race on his first set of tyres, but he found himself repeatedly overtaken by other cars before an apparent engine failure took him out of 10th place with a lap to go.

"The race itself was already hard enough given the lack of power," said Alonso.

"They were passing us in the middle of the straights and sometimes it was even dangerous with such a speed difference."

Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - GP of Canada 2017

Fernando Alonso (McLaren) - GP of Canada 2017Getty Images

With his car having already exceeded its maximum allowance of multiple power unit components - prompting a grid penalty for his Monaco GP stand-in Jenson Button a fortnight ago - Alonso is certain Sunday's failure will leave him at the back of the grid for the next race in Azerbaijan.

"It is not only that we lost a point today and we lost another race, we will start last in Baku because Jenson changed the power unit in Monaco and started last," he said.

"Here we lost a power unit and in Baku we will start last again. The situation is definitely not nice."

After his late retirement, Alonso surprised the crowd by climbing into a grandstand.

He explained that this was a spontaneous gesture that started with the idea of just throwing his gloves to fans.

"I hoped to give the gloves to the guys there but the grandstand was too far away so I thought it will not get there if I throw the gloves," said Alonso.

"So I thought I'd go up and throw the gloves, but once I was there I nearly couldn't leave.

"We have so much support from the fans here every time we come to Canada so I felt I should give something back."

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