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Fernando Alonso reflects on frustrating Singapore Grand Prix

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We all know how the Singapore Grand Prix ended. Well, we know how it ended in front of the cameras.

However, what went on behind closed doors remained a mystery for some of the drivers. That is until now, however.

After practising and qualifying took place with no hiccups, all eyes were on the track on the Sunday for the Grand Prix itself, with Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel leading the pack on pole position.

Things were looking good for him with teammate Kimi Raikkonen nearby, and main title rival Lewis Hamilton back in fifth place.

Fast forward a matter of seconds, however, and the race was all-but over for the German.

After a slow start, Vettel saw Red Bull ace Max Verstappen overtaking him on his inside, to which he responded by swerving over to the left to try and cut him off, only for teammate Raikkonen to swerve right in order to do the same.

The final result? A Red Bull sandwich and a major collision that took out all three of them.

However, it wasn't just the trio that were effected by the crash. McLaren's Fernando Alonso also got caught up in the drama and eventually had to retire from the race.

More annoyingly for the Spaniard, it was the one race he felt confident about getting a podium finish.


It's been well documented how badly the season has gone so far for McLaren and Alonso, struggling to finish a race yet alone finish in the top three.

So to crash out of the Singapore Grand Prix rightfully annoyed him, and it's now emerged just how angry he was after the race and in his dressing room.

When asked about the collision from the previous Grand Prix, the Spaniard admitted his disappointment soon turned into anger when he realised what a big opportunity was missed.

He got so angry, he punched the wall and left a rather large hole.

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When asked whether that hole is still there, he said, as per Motorsport: “Yes... it is still there! It was frustration.

“When I saw the replay, and when I saw [Sebastian] Vettel spinning out of Turn 3, we were just behind Lewis [Hamilton], and we were on the right tyre at that moment.

“So we could even try to overtake him if the moment arrives. Then probably, we lose one or two positions, but not more because it is a street circuit, no one will overtake you.

“And that podium could have been one of the biggest things of my career and we missed it.”

Heartbreak and frustration for the Spaniard.

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