Fernando Alonso: McLaren should've won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says that "in normal circumstances" he should have been in a position to win Formula 1's Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso: McLaren should've won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix

The Spaniard, starting last after being handed 40 positions in grid penalties, took advantage of the chaos in front of him to climb up to fifth position before the halfway point of the race.

From there, however, the Spaniard was unable to keep his rivals behind him and lost places and fell to a finishing position of ninth.

With all the leading cars hitting problems at various points, Alonso believes that McLaren should have been in a position to win.

"It was a race that in normal circumstances we should have won," said Alonso.

"Because I was with [race winner Daniel] Ricciardo when the first safety car came out.

"Hamilton lost his headrest, Vettel was penalised, both the Force Indias were out, Kimi retired...

"So you are automatically in the top two or three, so we should have fought for victory, but unfortunately we are not in that position," he added.

Alonso, who had failed to score a point before Baku, admitted that all the incidents in front had benefitted him.

He also conceded that he had never expected to score points Baku, where the long straight hurt McLaren due to its lack of engine power.

"In our case everything worked in our favour," he added.

"It's one of those days when you win places by elimination for free, but then it's a shame we can't keep it because of our current deficiencies.

"Scoring two points in Baku was impossible to think before coming here, so it's welcome."

Alonso finished over 32 seconds in front of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne in 12th.

shares
comments
Ricciardo wins crazy Azerbaijan GP, Vettel and Hamilton clash

Previous article

Ricciardo wins crazy Azerbaijan GP, Vettel and Hamilton clash

Next article

Vettel says Hamilton deserved penalty for Azerbaijan GP incident

Vettel says Hamilton deserved penalty for Azerbaijan GP incident
Load comments
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Plus

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding 
into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? STUART CODLING talks to the man in charge

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Plus

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Plus

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers Plus

Why F1’s approach to pole winners with grid penalties undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Turkish Grand Prix Driver Ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory Plus

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for shock Turkish GP glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Plus

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Plus

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021