Italian GP: McLaren has no hope at Monza - Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso feels McLaren has no hope of achieving anything in Sunday's Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix

Italian GP: McLaren has no hope at Monza - Fernando Alonso

With Honda 10mph down on its rivals on straightline speed at Monza, Alonso and team-mate Jenson Button were again knocked out of qualifying at the end of Q1, finishing 17th and 16th respectively.

Asked whether he had any hope for the race, the double world champion replied: "No, nothing.

"As happened in Spa if you overtake cars at the start, or you start in front of them because of penalties, they will pass you on lap one so it's even more frustrating.

"Nothing has changed. We will try to do our race, to learn things on the car and finish as high up as possible.

"It's not the best situation, but unfortunately it is the way it is at the moment because we are not competitive at all.

"I know it's a little repetitive what we say, and it's so negative because we are out of Q1 and we are so slow.

"We know we are last which is frustrating for everybody in the team, but it's a period we need to go through altogether."

Alonso believes data from this weekend's running at Monza proves just how much McLaren is losing out on the straights.

"On a circuit that has six corners, on the GPS we lose six tenths in those six corners.

"The rest you need to find on the straights, and on the straights we are on full throttle with the steering wheel straight, so there is not much we can do there.

"There is a lot of power [missing] that is important."

Both drivers are already focusing on the next race in Singapore where McLaren is expected to be more competitive given the slow, twisty nature of the Marina Bay circuit.

"It will be one of the best opportunities for us in terms of the layout of the circuit," said Alonso.

"The last time we were competitive was in Hungary because the power effect was quite low.

"Singapore has the third lowest power effect so maybe we have a chance there to get back in the points."

Button also feels a top-10 finish is on the cards in Singapore, adding: "Tomorrow is definitely going to be a tough day for the whole team. It won't be the most enjoyable of races.

"Next race, we're hoping it'll be much better than where we are now, fighting for points, and then it's a different story."

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