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Fernando Alonso's Canadian GP unravelled quickly, with baffling strategy and persistent engine issues affecting his progress in the streets of Montreal. 

The disaster of Sunday was the polar opposite of a magical qualifying session for Alonso, who carried his A522 machine into second place, his best Saturday result in almost a decade. 

Otmar Szafnauer told as.com that Alpine is still trying to understand how the Spaniard had so much pace in qualifying, as the French squad hopes to learn lessons from the Double World Champion's Saturday performance:

"With all the computers we have, and there are many, we are still trying to understand the differences.

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2022 Canadian Grand Prix Saturday

Part of the season is that he was great in the rain, but he had already been quick on Friday. 

It wasn't just Saturday. Another part is the circumstances, the track during up and there are many variables."

Alpine should be disappointed to have thrown away a golden opportunity to secure a 5-6 finish in Canada. Still, they will be encouraged by their consistent points finishes in recent Grand Prix and look to carry this momentum forward. 

Currently P4 in the standings, McLaren looks increasingly vulnerable to the advances of Alpine, with a poorly managed race in Canada allowing the French squad to close the gap in the standings. 

Whilst Alonso's heroics amounted to relatively few points, the Spaniard still extended his points-scoring streak and will look to compensate for a frustrating weekend in Canada at the upcoming British GP.