Japanese GP: McLaren boss Ron Dennis unhappy with Fernando Alonso

McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis is to take Fernando Alonso to task internally over his outspoken remarks and a lack of professionalism following Formula 1's Japanese Grand Prix

Japanese GP: McLaren boss Ron Dennis unhappy with Fernando Alonso

At engine supplier Honda's home circuit Suzuka, Alonso made his feelings on the V6 system - which has been lacking all season - extremely clear.

Early in the race, Alonso bemoaned his lack of pace, saying "it's embarrassing, very embarrassing", before later criticising the Honda engine as "GP2" standard, followed by an exasperated cry of frustration.

Suggested to Dennis that with Honda's top brass present Alonso was sending out a message with his critical asides in the race, Dennis added: "I'm not going to condone those sort of things.

"It doesn't show the professionalism I would like all our drivers to show.

"He is in the car, he is frustrated, and his remarks to the technical staff were not a particularly constructive way to communicate with everybody.

"The way for me to deal with drivers is through the management channels of Eric [Boullier, racing director] or in certain circumstances to talk to them myself.

"But whatever I choose to do, however it is done, it remains a team matter."

Post-race, when asked directly if he would be in F1 next year even though he is in the first season of a three-year deal with McLaren-Honda, Alonso replied: "I don't know.

"There are still five races to go now and I think we need to improve the situation and make sure we are competitive and on top of our problems."

Clouding the issue, the double world champion then added: "Next year is what we are looking for and my intention is to stay and win."

Asked for his thoughts on Alonso's remarks, Dennis said: "I don't know what he means by that comment.

"I spoke to Fernando earlier today, he's got a contract, he understands the contract. I'm surprised at the comment."

Dennis could at least understand Alonso's "frustration" as he himself is disheartened by what has unfolded over the course of this year.

"Anything that's coming out of our drivers at the moment has its origins in frustration, disappointment and demotivation. Yeah, we're all demotivated," added Dennis.

"I still can't understand why everyone doesn't appreciate you're not going to win a world championship if you have a second-string engine [as a customer team]. It's just not going to happen.

"Therefore we have to go through the pain, we have to go through this learning curve and get a competitive engine.

"That's not a derogatory comment against Honda. The president of the company, the president of R&D, the president of Honda Motor Company are totally committed.

"They understand what needs to be done, they're increasing resources, putting more money and effort into it, and we will get there.

"It's just a bit painful at the moment."

shares
comments
Japanese GP post-race F1 press conference transcript

Previous article

Japanese GP post-race F1 press conference transcript

Next article

Mercedes to quiz Ecclestone over lack of Japanese GP F1 TV coverage

Mercedes to quiz Ecclestone over lack of Japanese GP F1 TV coverage
Load comments
The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog Plus

The squandered potential of a 70s F1 underdog

A podium finisher in its first outing but then never again, the BRM P201 was a classic case of an opportunity squandered by disorganisation and complacency, says STUART CODLING

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from Plus

The other notable Monza escape that F1 should learn from

OPINION: The headlines were dominated by the Italian Grand Prix crash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, who had the halo to thank for avoiding potentially serious injury. But two days earlier, Formula 1 had a lucky escape with a Monza pitlane incident that could also have had grave consequences

Formula 1
Sep 17, 2021
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021