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Fernando Alonso will start the Spanish GP from the back of the grid, following Alpine's decision to make a power unit change. 

Qualifying was exceptionally disappointing for Alpine, with Alonso and Ocon only managing P17 and P12. 

More alarmingly than these final positions, the Alpine duo struggled to improve on their personal best laps from FP2, as the French outfit took a clear step backwards from Friday to Saturday. 

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Ocon complained during Q2 that Alpine was leaving time on the table, clearly frustrated at Alpine's failure to carry their encouraging pace from practice into qualifying.

Alonso, meanwhile, explained that his botched final Q1 attempt was the result of Alpine not communicating the time he had available to set his last lap, thus preventing the Spaniard from improving. 

With Alonso already near the back of the grid, Spanish Journalist Josep Lluís Merlos reports Alpine will change the Spaniard's power unit ahead of the Sunday race. Alpine has struggled with reliability issues throughout the season, forcing Alonso to change various power unit components in the opening five rounds. 

With this in mind, it seems logical to add another power unit to the Alpine's pool, taking a relatively minor penalty now instead of suffering a costly grid drop after a better qualifying session later in the season. 

Pirelli has predicted a three-stop strategy for the Spanish GP, so Alonso will have options to recover from a frustrating qualifying.