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2016-07-02 17:37

MCLAREN WOES: During qualifying for the Austrian GP, Alonso was sent out on used tyres and ended up 14th on the grid, out-qualified by his team mate Jenson Button, who was fifth. Image: AP / Kerstin Joensson

Spielberg, Austria - Frustrated Fernando Alonso on Saturday blamed his McLaren Honda team for a 'primary school mistake' that prevented him progressing beyond Q2 in qualifying for the 2016 Austrian GP.

The two-time world champion was sent out on used tyres and ended up 14th on the grid, out-qualified by his McLaren team mate Jenson Button, who was fifth.

As it happened: 2016 Austrian GP - Qualifying

He said: "I don't think we had the pace to be in Q3, but we probably did something wrong.

"We had a rain prediction so we tried to go out early in Q2 with new tyres, the only new ones that I had left, but for some reason my car was not fitted with the new ones... It was the Q1 tyres.

"So I did a first try just for the sake of it and then when I put the new tyres there was a yellow flag. The biggest mistake was not to put the new tyres like everybody else did.

"When they took off the warmers, we suddenly had used tyres on, which was a surprise, but there was no turning back.

"It's frustrating. We are already not too quick. We are not in a very good position and if on top of that we make those primary school mistakes - it's frustrating."

Asked by reporters how he felt about the race, Alonso said: "If we put on new tyres to start the race, it will go better... "

Alonso started in pole position in just 22 races but won 33 races, last winning in 2013.

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