Following fitting a new power-unit for the race, his third of the weekend and 12th of the season, Alonso managed to finish a lap down in 16th.
“Finishing the race was the first priority after some retirements,” Alonso said following the race.
“Unfortunately the car was not working 100 percent from the beginning with different power in different gears, so it was a little bit strange to drive sometimes, but hopefully we take some data for next year especially.
“Obviously we fitted a new engine and we didn’t have any laps to setup the engine. At least we finished the race, we take some data to analyse on the chassis side to keep moving forward and prepare for next year in a better way.”
Team-mate Jenson Button also pleased with the race, he finished ahead of Alonso in 15th position.
“We were 12 seconds off P10, which is probably closer than we expected,” Button said.
“I actually had some good fights out there; we know where our weaknesses are, so we concentrated on our strengths. It was a reasonably enjoyable drive in the car, and we have made a step forward.”