Alonso Reveals Engine Problem

San Marino Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso has revealed his Renault team suspected the Spaniard had an engine problem since the start of the weekend - which explained his lack of running

Alonso Reveals Engine Problem

Alonso, using his engine for the second race, completed just ten laps on Friday and only eight on Saturday prior to the first qualifying session. Despite that, the Spaniard set the second fastest time, a performance he repeated in Sunday's final session.

The Championship leader revealed Renault were aware of a problem with his engine and so decided to limit his revs during the race.

The victory was the second one for the engine, which already boosted Alonso to first place in Bahrain.

"I think now we can say," Alonso said. "From Friday we knew that maybe we had some problems with the engine so we limited the laps on Friday and Saturday morning a lot and that cost me a bit of time, in qualifying one especially because it was my third timed lap of the day.

"And in the race we were running very low revs and just try to finish the race. I was expecting to be in the points and now I have won.

"It is the first engine ever to win two Grands Prix, so I think the guys from the team on the engine side did an unbelievable job between Bahrain and here just to analyse and be ready for the Imola Grand Prix with a percentage of security in the engine."

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