McLaren's Fernando Alonso says some of his F1 rivals in worse pain

Toiling in the midfield in an unreliable McLaren-Honda has not been as frustrating as finishing second to Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 this year would have been, insists Fernando Alonso

McLaren's Fernando Alonso says some of his F1 rivals in worse pain

Pictures of the double world champion sitting looking at his failed McLaren seemingly mournfully in Brazilian Grand Prix Friday practice were followed by a social media sensation over a #PlacesAlonsoWouldRatherBe hashtag when he relaxed on a deckchair near the car after it ground to a halt again at the start of Q1.

But Alonso insisted drivers coming off second best to a dominant Hamilton during 2015 - such as his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's proven world champion pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen - have been showing their exasperation too.

"It's true that I've had a frustrating season but I think we are learning a lot," he said.

"I think it's even more frustrating when you are second or third on the podium.

"When you see some of the faces of the champions this year and some of the troubles between team-mates, those have also been some strange moments and some strange pictures.

"I'm not sure what people expect.

"When you've retired and are looking for the motorbike or the safety car to take you back to the garage, you need to stay in one place.

"I think I didn't do anything different."

He reiterated he was happy to have a troubled 2015 if the lessons learned by McLaren and Honda paid off next season.

"My head is into next year and I hope to have all the problems here and zero next year," said Alonso.

"It's a learning process and that's the only way to succeed - to learn from our mistakes, learn from our problems, and that's what we're doing."

Alonso acknowledged his current lack of results was demoralising, but said it was no more so than recent seasons in a Ferrari not quite competitive enough to win championships on merit.

"We all want to win but it's been hard for some years now in my case when I realised a couple of races into the championship that I could not win it," he said.

"We knew that the Red Bull was one second faster than any other car [before 2014] and last year we knew that the Mercedes was one second faster than any other car.

"It was one of the reasons why I moved here to McLaren-Honda, because the only way to beat Mercedes in the near future is to have a very strong project, a different kind of philosophy for understanding the new Formula 1, and I think I'm in the right place."

shares
comments
Analysis: What BBC cuts could mean for Formula 1 on UK TV

Previous article

Analysis: What BBC cuts could mean for Formula 1 on UK TV

Next article

Ferrari's F1 future is no longer certain

Ferrari's F1 future is no longer certain
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

Formula 1
Sep 18, 2021
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