Fernando Alonso hopes fans 'forget what they saw' in pre-2017 F1

Fernando Alonso has apologised to Formula 1 fans for the "horrible" appearance of recent seasons' cars, hoping they can "forget what they saw" now designs have changed for 2017

Fernando Alonso hopes fans 'forget what they saw' in pre-2017 F1

The new rules introduced for 2017 have produced more spectacular-looking cars that have generally received praise inside motorsport.

McLaren driver Alonso, one of the most outspoken critics of the past generation of F1 cars, made clear he was a fan of the new look.

"The only conclusion is the cars look nice," said Alonso.

"The cars are definitely faster in the corners, so it's good to come back to that feeling of downforce in the corners, and to be able to push the car to the limit a little bit more.

"I saw some other cars running alongside on the track, they look very, very good. I'm happy for that, I'm happy for the sport to go in the right direction.

"I probably apologise to the fans that for the last five or six years they saw horrible cars."

But Alonso conceded that the driving sensation will probably never match what he experienced earlier in his F1 career when the cars were much lighter and the rules not as restrictive.

"The feelings are never going to be the same as in 2004 and 2005 because the cars had an aerodynamic freedom that we don't have now," he said.

"Engines were very different, and especially [cars were] 130kg less than what we have now and 230kg less in the race.

"So it's impossible to have what we had in 2004 in terms of feeling.

"In terms of lap time, it might be possible, but if you put these tyres on the 2004 car we'd be lapping in 1m14s or something like that, so it's different."

He at least felt this year's cars looked like proper F1 machinery again.

"I like what I saw yesterday and today. The cars that I shared the track with today looked like Formula 1 cars. Very nice cars," said Alonso.

"So let's hope we can transmit that feeling to the fans, to the people coming to the track and watching TV, so they can try to forget what they saw over the past few years."

Red Bull boss Christian Horner is among those to have expressed reservations about shark fins and T-wings spoiling the look of the cars.

But he said he was overall a big fan of the new-look racers - though not of McLaren's new orange and black livery.

"I think the cars look great so far, apart from the McLaren colour scheme," Horner said.

"Everything else looks great. Ron [Dennis] must be going mad!"

shares
comments
Russian Grand Prix extends Sochi Formula 1 deal to 2025

Previous article

Russian Grand Prix extends Sochi Formula 1 deal to 2025

Next article

F1 testing: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on top with super-softs

F1 testing: Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes on top with super-softs
Load comments
Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Hungarian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

This was race that showcased the best and worst of Formula 1, producing a first time winner and a memorable comeback to a podium finish. Avoiding trouble at the start and astute strategy calls were key to success, but where some drivers took full advantage, others made key errors that cost them dearly

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph Plus

The “heart-breaking” call that led to Ocon’s Hungarian GP triumph

Set to restart the red-flagged Hungarian Grand Prix in second, Esteban Ocon had some doubts when he peeled into the pits to swap his intermediate tyres for slicks. But this "heart-breaking" call was vindicated in spectacular fashion as the Alpine driver staved off race-long pressure from Sebastian Vettel for a memorable maiden Formula 1 victory

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Plus

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021
Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track' Plus

Why Mercedes is pleased to be in the Hungary hunt at a 'Red Bull track'

Mercedes ended Friday practice at the Hungaroring with a clear gap to Red Bull thanks to Valtteri Bottas’s pace in topping FP2. But there are other reasons why the Black Arrows squad feels satisfied with its progress so far at a track many Formula 1 observers reckon favours Red Bull overall

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks Plus

How Red Bull endured its second car crash in two weeks

OPINION: Red Bull was justified to be upset that Lewis Hamilton survived his British GP clash with Max Verstappen and went on to win. But its attempts to lobby the FIA to reconsider the severity of Hamilton's in-race penalty were always likely to backfire, and have only succeeded in creating a PR disaster that will distract from its on-track efforts

Formula 1
Jul 30, 2021
The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach Plus

The ‘screaming’ F1 engine future that may not be out of reach

OPINION: It wasn't just the Verstappen/Hamilton clash that had the Red Bull and Mercedes bosses at loggerheads at Silverstone, with the nature of Formula 1's 2025 engines also subject for disagreement. But hopes to have loud, emotive engines that are also environmentally friendly don't have to be opposed

Formula 1
Jul 29, 2021
The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break Plus

The drivers that need to strike gold before F1's summer break

OPINION: Formula 1 is about to break up for summer 2021, with the title battles finely poised. But it’s not just the latest round of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton that will be worth watching this weekend in Hungary, as plenty of drivers are eying big results to change the stories of their seasons so far

Formula 1
Jul 28, 2021
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

Formula 1
Jul 27, 2021