McLaren's woes continue with bad day for Vandoorne and Alonso

We didn't do a good job with the engine.

After teammate Stoffel Vandoorne failed to start due to an MGU-H failure - which had afflicted Alonso in qualifying - Fernando added: "Stoffel had so much bad luck this weekend, and not being able to even participate, it's incredible".

And it was not just the race that threw up hardship for the Belgian, who also encountered power unit issues in both Friday practice sessions, meaning Vandoorne has now already used three out of a maximum of four of each component allowed for the season, already this year.

McLaren boss Zak Brown has admitted there will be no quick fixes for the team after the former F1 superpowers slumped to a new nadir on a torrid race day in Bahrain.

Alonso: "How they can overtake me?"

Alonso revealed before the Bahrain race that he would not take part in the Monaco Grand Prix at the end of May in order to race a Honda-powered vehicle for the Andretti Autosport team in the Indy 500 in the United States, his McLaren seat being filled for the Monte Carlo race by former team-mate Jenson Button. We never had the pace we had in Australia and China, and, in the end, we had a problem and we made a decision to retire the vehicle.

Brown says it is no surprise to hear rumours linking the 35-year-old with rival teams but he believes Alonso will stay at McLaren.

Honda-powered McLaren has endured a tough start to the season, with no points from two races, but Monaco's tricky street circuit could suit its auto better and is also one where drivers can make the difference.

The team discovered a water-pressure issue on the way to the grid.

"It's been an extremely hard weekend for me, having two failures on Friday in FP1 and FP2, and now in the race: it's obviously very disappointing".

Alonso is missing this year's race in the Principality in order to race a McLaren-entered vehicle in the Indianapolis 500, which takes place on the same day as F1's most glamorous event. "You guys up to anything this Sunday?" he wrote.

Mclaren's racing director Eric Boullier said: "I was truly delighted when Jenson accepted our suggestion that he race at Monaco instead of Fernando".

"I think it's probably good for him", Ecclestone said, via ESPN.

"It's a real shame that we weren't even able to start the race today".

  • Zachary Reyes