Singapore:Two-time champion Fernando Alonso of Renault looked like he was going to turn around his lackluster season in Singapore - until his car gave up on him without warning.
After finishing first in two practice sessions, Fernando was doing well early in Saturday's qualifying. However, a broken fuel system stopped his car suddenly - leaving him in 15th position for Sunday night's Grand Prix.
"The race is over for us, finish," said Alonso, who has had little to cheer this year with Renault. "I will need a miracle ... to make progress on this street circuit where it looks difficult to overtake."
"It is really big disappointment because we had a real chance to do something special today," said Alonso, who has had 49 podium finishes in 119 races. "Our weekend was going really well and we had big hopes."
Alonso hasn't had a single podium this year, although he finished fourth four times. Reports have suggested the Spaniard is weighing offers from rival teams. Initially, he was linked to Ferrari, but that's unlikely to happen. He has also been linked to BMW and Honda.
Amid all the gloom, Alonso had hoped to make a new beginning in Singapore, confident he could shine on the punishing bumpy street circuit where drivers are tested by sharp turns and zero margin of error.
"I felt confident with the car, I learned the circuit very quickly," Alonso said. "We lost a very big opportunity."
Alonso, who made his Formula One debut with Minardi in 2001, became an official test driver for Renault a year later. In 2003, he raced for Renault and became the sport's youngest ever champion when he won the 2005 title with seven victories.
He dominated the first half of the 2006 season with Renault, taking six wins from nine races, before moving to McLaren a year later.
But a tumultuous season with his new employer, where he reportedly clashed with Britain's Lewis Hamilton, forced him to return to Renault this year.