Alonso competing at Indy, it’s clear to see that all is not well for the Spanish Samurai in F1. With McLaren rather unusually allowing him to miss the Monaco Grand Prix for his chance at the triple crown hints at some very strange dealings in Woking.
Pundits and commentators have waxed lyrically for years now how ‘the best, most complete driver on the grid’ doesn’t get a chance to compete at the sharp end due to the machinery letting him down. This is true, indeed since his first stab at McLaren back in 2007 Fernando has consistently been let down by his car, apart from some wins for Ferrari during his tenure there. It is also likely true that he is still is the ‘most complete’ driver on the grid.
But that doesn’t mean his the greatest or best.
To be that, you need to know when to trade seats at the right time along with working with the team to achieve the best possible outcome during a season. In this regard Fernando has failed spectacularly.
During an interview with the Spanish TV station Movistar, Niki Lauda appraised the fallen hero, firstly about his Indy 500 race;
“It is a good decision for Alonso, because he can enjoy what he does not get in Formula One at the moment. And I’m also excited about how he will beat the Indy 500, ”
The McLaren bosses are doing well to keep their superstar in a good mood considering his contract runs out after this season. If The 35-year-old is supposed to be negotiating a deal with Renault for 2018 and this is the most likely situation, but there are also rather wild speculations about a return to Ferrari or a change to the Mercedes driving through the paddock. Lauda thinks otherwise;
“He caused a lot of trouble when he left [Ferrari]. His contract was still running when he moved to McLaren Honda, and McLaren-Mercedes was like that also.”
“We also have two drivers at Mercedes who do their job. As long as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas winning, we do not need a substitute either, ”
“He is fast, aggressive, and in his way the best. Unfortunately, drivers can sometimes not show that they are the best because they make the wrong decisions. And Alonso has made a lot of mistakes in this regard. ”
“He left Ferrari very early to return to McLaren – and the problems with Honda engine development were already known. Now he’s disappointed, and it was his decision to go to McLaren, ” Lauda analyzed dryly.