Fernando Alonso has said it is difficult to provide a “clear answer” why McLaren were so uncompetitive in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Alonso maintained his perfect record in beating team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne in qualifying, but both McLaren cars struggled throughout the afternoon in Montreal.

Alonso and Vandoorne scraped themselves out of an early Q1 exit, but were clearly the slowest team in Q2 and missed out on the top-10 shoot-out by over half a second.

The lack of performance is even more concerning after fitting a new, upgraded Renault power unit in Canada, yet Alonso was unable to provide a definitive answer of what is going wrong at McLaren.

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