Fernando Alonso must be frustrated. That may the understatement of the year but it’s also the same notion that has fueled speculation that the Spanish driver could exit McLaren even before the end of the season.
Those rumors have been addressed and it’s most likely a good thing they have chosen to put them to bed. Rumors of this type only breed more negativity…something McLaren Honda definitely doesn’t need right now.
“I heard [the comments]. It’s normal for the outside, and other drivers to speak and I also read comments from many people in Spain… if one ex-driver or motorbike rider has an interview, there will always be a question about Alonso and how difficult the situation is.
“Everyone is [presented as] quite close to me and it’s like I have depression! It’s not like that.
“In Formula 1 I am delivering my best and I’m more prepared than ever. The team is not very competitive now – and OK, that’s true.
“There’s nothing we can do from one day to another so it’s just hard-working, but at the same time the team is expecting an extra job from me now, an extra result from me.
“It’s like when we were in Australia and all the predictions, the simulations said that we would be last and we were 10th [until late in the race].
“And in China if the predictions say that we are last, then hopefully Alonso will be in the points.”
The point of this could be, where else would he go? Regardless of his happiness with his current situation, I’m not sure what team he would go to next. While many wanted to see him get Nico Rosberg’s seat, I still think Renault might be something to keep and eye on. He won two title with them and they are now back in the sport and aiming for rapid improvement.
The key to this is if Fernando really wants to be in F1 much longer and the answer to that could be as soon as the end of the 2017 season. We’ll see.
Hat Tip: Autosport