After the race was resumed following the purple flag, drivers quickly started to maneuver from moist to intermediate tyres, with most coming in on the finish of the second flying lap.
Together with his teammate Ocon coming in on that lap, Alonso was advised to remain out in order that Alpine would not should double-stack him.
When the Spaniard got here in on the following lap, Daniel Ricciardo was the one different driver who was but to cease, and Alonso ended up shedding floor and two locations.
Later and with all drivers struggling to maintain their intermediate tyres, Alonso needed to pit for a recent set within the closing phases of the race, believing that he would have the tempo to make up for the cease and nonetheless move automobiles up forward.
Alonso was operating in seventh place when he was lastly allowed to come back in on lap 22. He misplaced a number of positions, however he had the pace with which to get well his seventh place.
On the finish of lap 28 he simply didn’t move Sebastian Vettel on the run out of the ultimate nook – and was met with the chequered flag, which got here out sooner than groups anticipated because the three-hour restrict was handed.
It was anticipated that there could be another full lap after the primary time the chief handed the flag after the three-hour mark.
“The technique did not work for us immediately,” mentioned Alonso. “We made the flawed decisions repeatedly. First, we stopped the final to place the intermediates, we misplaced locations.
“Then we stopped too late for the second cease with six laps to the tip, and I simply completed in the identical place what I used to be. I used to be asking to pit earlier on each events, however immediately my microphone perhaps did not work.”
Fernando Alonso, Alpine F1 Group A522
Photograph by: Alpine
Requested by Autosport if he needed to belief the workforce, he mentioned: “We should always have stopped 10, or 11 or 12 laps to go. As I mentioned, I do not know what they had been doing, after which we stopped six laps until the tip. We misplaced a possibility.”
Alpine sporting director Alan Permane mentioned the workforce was caught out by the flag popping out a lap sooner than groups had been anticipating, and that Alonso would have handed Vettel and thus gained one place because of the tyre change.
“I feel the race was stopped a lap earlier, the chequered flag was a lap sooner than it ought to have been,” mentioned Permane. “I feel when Max crossed the road, there have been about 5 seconds nonetheless on the clock, after which they chequered flagged it the following lap.”
Concerning the timing of Alonso’s cease, he mentioned: “Had the race gone to the gap we thought it was going to go, would he have gotten Sebastian? Yeah.
“So in all probability we must always have achieved it a bit of bit earlier, though it is not simple to say, as a result of his tyres had been going away as properly on that stint.
“And so in hindsight, sure, we might have. However I do not assume we realised fairly how simple it was going to be to overhaul individuals.
“He was speaking about it earlier, ought to we take into consideration pitting? And he would have needed to take 5 automobiles, and we thought that is not going to be good.
“After which I feel we noticed Zhou pit, and he was 5 seconds a lap faster. And we mentioned, ‘Okay, sure, let’s do this.’ We might want to take a look at it. However for positive if the race had gone on lap longer, which I feel it ought to have achieved, he would have been in entrance of Sebastian.”