McLaren's Fernando Alonso before the race. Image Credit: REUTERS

Montreal: Fernando Alonso headed to Le Mans on Sunday hoping for a much better 24 hours in France next weekend than anything Canada could offer him in his milestone 300th Formula One grand prix.

The double world champion retired his McLaren for the second race in a row while he had been running in a points-scoring position.

Without a Formula One victory in five years, and with a team that have not won since 2012 and are still struggling to get anywhere close to their glory years, Alonso was not about to dwell much on Montreal. “I’m flying tonight to Le Mans and from tomorrow it’s another experience there and hopefully a good race for us,” he said.