Alonso's 'dreams' wrecked by McLaren reliability woes

Fernando Alonso cut a dejected figure after his run of DNFs in F1 was cut, but only because his McLaren was unable to even start the Russian Grand Prix.

McLaren have been beset by reliability issues as their woeful union with Honda continues to frustrate and an electronic failure saw Alonso grind to a halt on the formation lap at the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday.

Alonso will skip the Monaco Grand Prix to race in the Indianapolis 500 next month and, though the Spaniard admits looking ahead to that event helps, he is frustrated at being unable to chase his "dreams" in F1.

Alonso told Sky Sports: "It's good to have Indy in my head now, and a few other projects going that keep your head busy.

"But my life is Formula 1 and my dreams are in Formula 1, so we need to figure out how to improve the situation here."

Alonso added: "It's sad but nothing I can do now.

"As soon as we started the formation lap we didn't have the normal power.

"They asked me to change a few things on the steering wheel to try to recover the ERS, but there was no way and at the end of the lap the car stopped.

"We couldn't even start the race this time.

"I feel bad. We all wanted to be there but these things happen. This is sport.

"When you are here and you can't race, what can you do? It's not in your hands."

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