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Fernando Alonso has spoken openly about his reliability issues and misfortune this season, missing out on several points due to problems beyond his control. 

Alpine is currently tied with McLaren on 81 points in the standings, but would be comfortably sitting in 4th and ahead of McLaren with better reliability.

Alonso argues he has experienced more issues than his teammate in the A522, something which has frustrated him as the year continues. 

Speaking to as.com, Otmar Szafnauer has downplayed the idea that reliability has specifically cost Alonso this season:

"It's not that we're failing Fernando. There are several reasons why he hasn't scored points.

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"I remember the incident with Mick Schumacher, contact made a hole in his sidepod. His defence in Canada against Bottas cost him a penalty, just like in Miami."

"Things like what happened on Saturday before the Sprint [in Austria] can happen to anyone. It's not an Alpine problem.

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"We do not know what caused the problem, but everything indicates that it was a problem with the control unit, which is a part that we do not design, but that we bought.

"Did the car have a failure because of our installation? I doubt it. But we must understand what has happened. We have to solve all these small problems permanently so that they don't reappear in the car."

Alonso's frustration is understandable, given he would likely occupy the "best of the rest" position in the standings without Alpine's persistent unforced errors. 

This anger is only compounded by the Double World Champion's contractual situation, which is unresolved despite making clear he intends to continue in the sport. 

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However, Alonso has positives to consider, such as Alpine's general competitiveness and strong platform for these new regulations. 

The French Squad has the potential to make further improvements up the grid, which can present Alonso with the chance to compensate for missed opportunities. 

Meanwhile, Otmar Szafnauer must also consider Oscar Piastri in his decision-making process for next year.

It is believed Alpine will hit two birds with one stone by securing Piastri a seat with Williams for next season.