Former Formula One driver Mark Webber has commented on Fernando Alonso’s current state in McLaren, believing that the Spaniard might jump from the sinking ship.
This isn’t the first time we’ve reported on the predicament that Fernando Alonso finds himself in at team McLaren. But giving the on-going troubles that the team finds itself plagued with, it most certainly won’t be the last. The most recent racing personality to comment on Alonso’s woes is former Formula One driver Mark Webber.
The Australian gave his insight on the McLaren-Honda-Alonso situation, believing that Fernando might walk from the team should things not improve. While Webber’s words do go against those of Alonso himself (who claimed the race in Melbourne was one of the best in his life), he does highlight the key points of the situation nicely.
“Maybe Fernando is not there the whole year. Maybe Stoffel [Vandoorne] has a different teammate at some point. Fernando might not do the whole year, you never know.
He’s frustrated. He doesn’t even want to finish seventh or sixth. Maybe points for Stoffel is quite nice. Fernando is not interested in points. He wants to fight for the podium, so Fernando is mentally a long way away from where he wants to be.” – Mark Webber
Webber is right on the money about the points. Is it surprising to know that the two-time Formula One champion is more interested in podium finishes than points? Of course not. Though Alonso mentioned that he was “surprised” to see himself remain competitive for the sole championship point for a large portion of the race, it is by no means an admission of satisfaction on the state of things in McLaren.
Alonso has maintained a rather light-hearted demeanour in his interviews on the subject of team health, but there is potential in Webber’s claims that Alonso could walk away from the whole project. After Qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix, Alonso revealed the extent of the power deficit around a lap of the Sochi circuit:
“We were losing 1.3 seconds on the straight today compared to the other ones. In the first straight, I mean, so I think it’s 2.5 seconds or three seconds on the straights on the whole circuit. We knew this circuit is quite power-sensitive circuit, so we knew that we were not very competitive here.
The laps were good and the laps were perfect, even in Q1, seven-tenths in front of Stoffel [Vandoorne, his team-mate]. He won all the categories until Formula 1, dominating, so I feel great, I feel great in the car. I feel very competitive, so it’s a shame.”
– Fernando Alonso
It’s race four and there’s still no chance of points if Alonso’s observation is accurate. He will struggle to keep those behind him at bay tomorrow, regardless of how good he is as a driver.