Fernando Alonso looked like he might grab an unlikely point for McLaren
After qualifying in 13th place, Fernando Alonso was bumped up to 12th for the start of the race by Daniel Ricciardo's gearbox troubles.
The Spaniard overtook Nico Hulkenberg on the first lap before Romain Grosjean's demise on lap 13 saw Alonso up into 10th and the final points position.
However, the Spaniard was overtaken by Hulkenberg and Esteban Ocon with seven laps remaining and promptly retired while his team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne was the final of the race's 13 finishers.
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"I think we are last," Alonso said.
"That's the performance we have now.
"We were 10th because the qualifying lap we had yesterday was extremely good.
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Fernando Alonso had to retire after 50 laps of the Australian Grand Prix with suspension failure
"The start I was lucky to gain one position and the Grosjean retirement gave us the second one.
"I think in normal conditions in the normal circuit we should be last."
The McLaren team have endured a miserable 2017 with pre-season testing hampered by constant Honda engine reliability problems.
Alonso has also complained that the car is as much as 20mph slower than rivals on the straights and is understood to be considering his options with regard to his contract which expires at the end of this season.
And the Spaniard is clearly desperate to see some improvement or he will be forced to seek an alternative team this summer.
"I was driving one of my best races so far and we were surprisingly in the points, all race long," Alonso added.
"Also we had to do a huge fuel-saving which was hurting us a lot but we were able to keep the position.
"As I said, a little surprised to be so [high] up but at the end we didn't finish and definitely we need to be more competitive very soon."