Fernando Alonso hasn’t been subtle in his latest comments regarding the direction that Formula One is heading.
The Spanish veteran has criticized what he believes to be a lack of direction within Formula One and is considering an early retirement from the sport if elements of racing that are genuine issues remain unchanged.
Alonso believes that the current V6 Hybrid power units and the “designed to degrade” is making the racing less intense and fun for the drivers. He said,
“These days F1 is in a time of highs and lows, for several things the series’ direction isn’t clear. I’m not at all happy for some things that are happening: we can never drive the cars to their real limit; we can never attack as much as we would like because the tyres don’t allow you to.
If you push too hard they overheat, and lose grip immediately. If you use the engine too much, you step over consumption parameters. To be quick in today’s F1, you must not attack too much, that’s the secret, but that’s something against a driver’s instincts.
This is why current cars aren’t as pleasing to drive compared to other periods, when the technical rule book was different. This situation doesn’t make me too happy.”
– Fernando Alonso
We absolutely agree. Formula One should be about drivers pushing the cars on the limit. If you want something that’s purpose is preservation then join Greenpeace. F1 has tried to mix it up strategy wise by implementing tyres that are so delicate they might as well be made of glass. Despite providing entertaining racing (in the pits) and forcing differing strategies, the drivers are in a situation in which risk-aversion and conservatism are advantageous. As Alonso points out, this discourages attacking race-craft.
You could say that he wouldn’t be complaining if he had a Mercedes W07 beneath him, and maybe he wouldn’t. Nonetheless, his points are worth considering.
Alonso has also stated that he will seek a championship that leans more towards hard, no-trinkets, uncut racing. He said,
“If I see F1 carries on going in a different direction compared to what I knew and loved in the recent past, at that point I could consider other alternatives and leave F1.
Le Mans would be the option closest to my driving style, and to what I’ve always done.”
– Fernando Alonso
Hopefully Pirelli will read the comments made by Alonso and reassess their role in F1.