Alonso was started from 12th of the race by Daniel Ricciardo’s gearbox troubles. The Spaniard overtook Nico Hulkenberg on the first lap before Romain Grosjean’s demise on lap 13 saw Alonso up into 10th and the final points position.
However, the Spaniard was overtaken by Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon with seven laps remaining and promptly retired while his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was the final of the race’s 13 finishers.
He was running in 10th for much of the race before his late retirement but feel McLaren’s true position is at the back of the grid.
“We had suspension failure I think at the end. I was driving one of my best races so far and we were surprisingly in the points all race long.
“We had to do a huge fuel saving which was hurting us a lot but we managed to keep the position. It was a surprise to be so up but at the end we couldn’t finish and we need to be more competitive soon.
“We are last in terms of performance. We were 10th because the qualifying lap yesterday was good, at the start I managed to gain one position and then Grosjean’s retirement gave us the other one. In normal conditions on a normal circuit we should be last and second last.”