Fernando Alonso has endured one of the worst starts to a season in his Formula one career with McLaren-Honda. He has failed to finish the last 3 races and is yet to score a single point. Such has been the Spaniard’s frustration, that during the Canadian Grand Prix weekend he let of steam across the pit to car radio when being told to conserve fuel.
Alonso accused the team of looking like amateurs.
During the period of uncertainty in 2014 over Alonso’s ongoing Formula One career, there were a number of reports suggesting Fernando would be making his way across to the WEC championships. Following Ferrari’s announcement that their driver pairing for 2015 was to be Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastien Vettel, Fernando was then spotted in the Porsche garage during the 6 hour race in Bahrain last November.
Fernando is believed to have been prevented by McLaren from competing in this weekends race in Le Mans for Woking’s road car manufacturer competitor – Porsche.
It was thought Alonso was lined up to drive in the number 19 car for Porsche, along with Nico Hulkenberg. Had the double F1 world champion been allowed to do so, he would now along with Hulkenberg be a winner of the most famous race of them all.
Speaking this weekend about the 24 hour race, the McLaren driver believes the cars compare more favourably with drivers than do the current iteration of F1 cars.
“The cars are quite attractive from a driver’s point of view because the technology there is the top,” he said. “You drive within 0.3s [per lap] for two hours and three stints. Being able to drive the same car for two hours is something we have forgotten in Formula One for the last couple of years.”
“I enjoyed it a lot last year. The atmosphere seems more relaxed and more open to people. The event is huge, maybe it doesn’t have the repercussions of a Formula One race, but it is bigger than any one Formula One race.”
Fernando is one of the most political of the current crop of Formula One drivers, and his comments usually are intended to send a message to someone.
Clearly Alonso’s MP4-30 is not the apple of his eye and unless McLaren-Honda begin to demonstrate competitiveness, the Spaniard’s comments may spark fresh rumours that his F1 career is over.