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It was another rough start for McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and again another points-finish for the two-time world champion.
Alonso needed to come from behind at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday to earn a Top 10 finish for the team partly-owned by Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, the fifth straight time this season.
Two weeks ago the Spaniard had to make his way back after a first-lap incident to finish seventh in Azerbaijan.
Alonso started eighth in Spain but was forced wide by countryman Carlos Sainz of Renault on Turn 2, falling back and seeing his hopes of keeping his point-scoring streak alive diminish.
The driver made two impressive overtaking manoeuvres at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, one against Esteban Ocon on the outside of Turn 3 and another over Charles Leclerc at the end of the front-straight.
“It was difficult to overtake today, I was behind Leclerc for a long time, as we are still lacking some straight-line speed to be able to pass,” Alonso said. “This is something we’re working on. We know where our car’s weaknesses lie and hopefully we’ll find a solution quite soon.”
Alonso currently sits seventh in the drivers’ standings. The weekend marked the fifth anniversary of Alonso’s last F1 victory, which came in Barcelona with Ferrari.