Alonso critical of F1's predictability as he contemplates future

Joanna Estrada
May 10, 2018

"It doesn't matter, the results we're achieving in both championships don't matter", Alonso said.

"We're going to go into Le Mans racing against each other and I know if we're in a stint together, he's not going to put a foot wrong. I'm happy here and I am happy in the Endurance attempt too". "But it's quite demanding - especially the F1 calendar", Alonso said.

"The biggest thing here is how predictable everything is", said Alonso, who is dovetailing his F1 commitments with six World Endurance Championship events, including next month's prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours race.

Former Formula 1 driver Jenson Button has admitted that McLaren's pre-season performance gain claims have tarnished the "good steps" that the Woking-based team has made in 2018.

Alonso is highly regarded by all of the leading F1 drivers despite it being five years this weekend since he last won a Grand Prix. "The win in Spa - it's a different series and two different worlds".

"We won here in 2013", he continued, referring to that win with Ferrari, "the tyres were degrading a lot that and we made an extra stop and we won the race without having the quickest vehicle as Nico was on pole by 0.6s so it was a good call by the team at the time". "Here, in the last five years, I did much better races than previously, even if I was not able to win the race". Not with the quickest vehicle, Nico [Rosberg] was on pole by six tenths or something like that.

"Normally Spain brings a lot of updates for all the teams, some of them work better some of them need a little bit more time, so hopefully we can benefit a little bit from that as well".

"In 2014 we had quite a hard season and in the last three years you know we struggled a lot and the whole project was hard but we tried to give hope for the following year and it is the same here". It's the same this year. I think the start has been not too bad, in terms of results especially and the number of points.

Though delighted to have won on his WEC debut last weekend, as a hectic schedule of alternating between Sportscars and F1 gets underway, speaking ahead of his home Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso refused to confirm whether he will remain in F1 next season.

"We have been in power-sensitive circuits so far from the first four races so I think here, and Monaco, maybe we'll see a different picture of different teams moving around".

"It will not change anything for me".

"It's hard to see from the outside but you're extremely proud and motivated every time you do a one-off performance".

Since rejoining McLaren in 2015, Alonso has often found himself fighting in the midfield or lower half of the grid but the Spaniard thinks he has produced some of his best performances in the last five years.

Though McLaren have yet to reach Q3 this season, they are fourth in the Constructors' Championship and their 36 points after four races is their best start to a season since 2014.

McLaren are sat in a respectable fourth position in the Constructors' Championship and Alonso has secured three seventh-placed finishes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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