Fernando Alonso took “small joy” from his first point of the 2015 Formula 1 season at the British Grand Prix on Sunday as he finished in tenth place.
After qualifying down in 17th place, Alonso benefitted from a race of attrition to move onto the fringes of the top ten before gaining more positions during a late rain shower at Silverstone.
The Spaniard crossed the line ahead of Marcus Ericsson for tenth place to pick up his first point of the season and take McLaren’s tally for the year to five.
“It’s not the best of results, but tenth position helps to motivate everyone,” Alonso said after the race. “The whole team is incredibly focused – they’ve been working day and night to improve the car – and we all know this is a long-term project.
“There are no magic solutions, but to get a decent result, and to put some points on the table, is always important.”
Taking to Twitter after the race, Alonso wrote that he took some “small joy” from the result, but made clear that the work is far from finished for McLaren.
“Although it’s well worth mentioning that Fernando got off the mark in the 2015 world championship standings by finishing tenth here today, that isn’t an accomplishment we’re about to extol,” McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said.
“Having said that, it was heartening to see that his car ran reliably all afternoon, even though its race pace was demonstrably insufficient.
“He never gave up, though, and his dogged efforts fully deserved the world championship point they earned him. Irresolute he is not.”
It wasn’t all good news for McLaren on Sunday at Silverstone, though, as Jenson Button was forced to retire on the first lap of the race after being hit by Alonso in a chain-reaction that appeared to be caused by Daniel Ricciardo.
A stewards’ enquiry after the race deemed no single driver to be responsible, though, meaning that no penalty will be carried over to Hungary in three weeks’ time.