Alonso salvages point despite shunt

Hungarian Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso salvaged an unlikely point from the Italian GP at Monza, despite starting last on the grid, crashing into the Minardi of Jos Verstappen and damaging his car on the 'speed bumps' at the Roggia chicane

Alonso salvages point despite shunt

Alonso, who also spun in qualifying when his traction control failed, hit the back of Verstappen to avoid Justin Wilson's stalled Jaguar and the sluggish Jordan of Zsolt Baumgartner. His car was thrown in the air, yet he continued to pit for a new front wing, and switched to a one-stop fuel strategy thereafter.

"Starting from the back of the grid is always a risk and unfortunately, I lost the front wing at the start," said Alonso. "I hit Jos' car as he was trying to avoid the Jaguar. I lost a lap by stopping and after that, all I could do was push to the limit for the rest of the race. Our lap times were good but, with all the problems we had, it wasn't enough to score big points today."

The Spaniard took the final point when he passed Nick Heidfeld's Sauber on the last lap, and benefited when the other Sauber of Heinz-Harald Frentzen dropped out with just a couple of laps remaining. Team-mate Jarno Trulli, meanwhile, dropped out on the opening lap with a hydraulic failure while battling with Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams for second place.

"I was going through the second Lesmo when I felt that the power steering had failed, then the engine cut out," he said. "It's a real shame, because the car was good today."

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