Alonso chases points despite error

Fernando Alonso remains focused on bringing home a points finish in Monaco, despite his error in practice forcing the Spaniard to start from the back of the grid.

Alonso, who heads into the weekend second in the championship standings, made a crucial mistake at Massenet to slide into the barriers just 20 minutes into the final practice session of the weekend.

Once his car was returned to the paddock and examined by the Ferrari team, it was discovered that the chassis had been damaged – which will force the team to prepare a new car for Alonso for race day.

Consigned to a pit lane start as a result, Alonso faces a frustrating race day but said he was still hopeful of securing a points finish – pointing to 2006 as an example of what can happen after Michael Schumacher came through the field after a penalty left him at the back of the field.

“I lost the car, it was driver error,” he said. “These things happen and you can’t do anything about it.

“It’s difficult to start from last place in Monaco, but it’s a long race and Schumacher started last and finished in fifth in 2006, so the goal is to score points. We’ll see if we are lucky.”

Team-mate Felipe Massa qualified on the second row of the grid.

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