It’s official – Nando is back and he’s hotter than any piri-piri sauce you guzzle at your local chicken outlet… The truth is that McLaren are starting to look like the team they once were.
His 7th place finish isn’t the greatest result the team have achieved this season. Alonso finished 6th in Russia, 5th in Monaco and 7th in Hungary – So what’s the big deal?
Spa-Francorchamps would have been one the most dreaded weekends for McLaren at the start of the year. The nature of the circuit was supposed to highlight their weakness in the power-unit. Full-throttle for most of the lap, high speeds, straights that should have seen the McLaren exposed. The script this weekend was one that pointed to a ridicule of Honda. That didn’t happen, and Honda seem to have spent their tokens wisely.
The issue for the team now doesn’t seem to be an outright power deficit, but engine reliability. Alonso had a water leak over this race weekend and there have been many occasions that have seen one of the two cars retire. Once they resolve this issue, they’ll be good for top eight finishes for the foreseeable future.
Alonso seems happy again after a few years of dejection. He said after the race that,
“The progress of the team in the last months is just amazing. It would have been impossible to imagine this a couple of weeks or months ago. We are in the right direction. That is for sure.
For sure to fight for P7 is still not what we want. But if we keep that momentum for next year, that will be great news. I am optimist for the future. And now we are coming to tracks that are less complicated. Except Monza, which is really a difficult track for us.”
– Fernando Alonso
The Championship will only benefit from having two World Champions back in the mix. It has been a sorry sight to see such class drivers racing themselves at the back of the pack and hopefully, this result for Alonso will be the start of much better things.