Fernando Alonso says his ongoing run of bad luck so far this Formula 1 season has been “painful” after suffering a second DNF in four races at Imola.

Alonso’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix lasted only five laps due to damage sustained to his floor and sidepod after contact with Mick Schumacher on the opening lap.

Although the contact was minimal, part of Alonso’s sidepod on the right hand side of his Alpine detached on the main straight, which forced to team to call him in to retire the car.

It marks the latest setback for Alonso this year having now gone three races in a row without points, with his ninth place finish at the season opener in Bahrain his only top-10 finish so far.

While Alonso admits he’d rather get his bad luck out of the way early in the season, the two-time world champion is frustrated his performances haven’t been rewarded.

“I prefer to finish the season better than start it good and then finish it bad,” Alonso said, as quoted by Motorsport.com.

“So if you want to choose one way, it is [to do it] the other way around and finish on a better performance.

“But at the same time, when you see the races on TV, and I’ve been seeing too many at the moment in the first four, and to have only two points in the championship while I should have maybe 25 or 30, that’s painful.”

Alonso believed there had been “a lot of unlucky moments” in the first four races that were out of his hands, but hopes he can turn his year around after a difficult start as he did last season.

“I remember last year after Imola I had only one point and the season was a little bit rough at that point,” Alonso said.

“Then we ended up high in the championship and quite competitive. So let’s see if this year we can do the same.”

Alonso had been running an updated floor that Alpine brought to Imola that was damaged from his lap one collision, and the Spaniard is unsure if will be repaired by the next race in Miami.

“Everyone will agree that we’ve been very unlucky,” Alonso said.

“We have some reliability issues, we had this problem in Australian qualifying. Today everyone is touching each other on the start and nothing happened, their cars seem unbreakable.

“But our car, it’s just a small kiss from Mick and it’s completely destroyed. I don’t know even if this floor will be useable in Miami.

“There are a lot of consequences out of our hands so not by our own mistakes, only because of someone else or something, [and] that is quite painful.”