MONTMELO – Fernando Alonso’s hopes of scoring McLaren’s first points of the season in today’s Spanish Grand Prix ended in disappointment as he was forced to retire from the race with a rear brake problem.
With a raft of updates on the MP4-30 car, Alonso had hoped to end his point-less streak at his home race on Sunday, and was running inside the top ten before making his first pit stop.
However, the Spaniard soon began to lose time during his second stint, and came in to the pits as the team looked to remedy the situation.
The nature of the brake failure caused Alonso to overshoot his pit box, and was fortunate not to hit any of his pit crew thanks to their quick reactions.
With smoke spewing from his brakes, McLaren’s engineer told Alonso that it was retiring the car from the race due to the problem. His teammate, Jenson Button, finished the race in 16th position, meaning that the team’s run without points has now extended to five races.