He took the chequered flag at his penultimate race in 17th position, equalling the worst result of his career.
He repeated that result at Silverstone and the Hungaroring, but by this point in the season McLaren had uncovered a fundamental problem with their MCL33.
It’s a shame we didn’t see him in a better car this season.
His 21-0 record in qualifying over Vandoorne is a testament to just how consistently fast Alonso is on every race weekend.
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