BELGIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE
Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix proved frustrating for McLaren Honda, as Fernando Alonso failed to finish the race and Stoffel Vandoorne missed out on the points. Alonso made a promising start from the grid, making up three places from P10 in the first lap, to race with the front runners in P7. He dropped back to P10 after the first pit stops before returning to the pits a few laps later after reporting an issue. Although there was nothing in the data, the team chose to retire his car as a precaution. Stoffel Vandoorne ultimately fared better in front of his home crowd. Starting from the back of the grid, the Belgian driver also made up places on lap 1. He then took advantage of retirements and the safety car period to take the chequered flag in P14. As the team packs up the garage at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, their focus immediately shifts to the second race in this back-to-back double header. Next weekend plays host to another legendary F1 circuit – the Autodromo di Monza - and the 2017 Italian Grand Prix.