McLaren Driver Fernando Alonso has praised the performance he and McLaren were able to eke out of their 2017 challenger despite retiring with driveshaft issues.
In what is seeming more like a rendition of David and Goliath out on the track, Fernando Alonso has once again managed to prove why he’s one of the best drivers out on the track. The Spaniard turned in an incredibly impressive performance in his power-deficient McLaren ride on a circuit that should have highlighted the weaknesses of the Honda power unit.
Unfortunately, the second race of the season proved to be too early for Alonso to show his full potential in the race as he was forced to retire on lap 31 with driveshaft issues. Interviewed about his performance at the end, Alonso was in relatively jovial spirits when asked to share his thoughts regarding the race. Here’s what he said when asked what he thought about his performance:
“Yeah, incredible. I thought Australia would be unrepeatable and here it was the same or even better. The conditions helped and so we took advantage of that.
People were spinning left and right and we were gaining places more or less for free, and then when the track was damp we were keeping the pace of the best with a top speed deficit that’s pretty incredible.
One of the best things that has happened to me.” – Fernando Alonso
Alonso went on to comment on the unexpected shakeups in the race – in particularly keeping Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas behind him for so long:
“I think we’d be fighting with Perez and Magnussen for the final points.
I think we could have scored one or two points like in Australia in an incredible way, because running ahead of Bottas and that he can’t overtake you for two or three laps was one of the most surreal things that have ever happened to me.” – Fernando Alonso
Alonso, as a two-time World Champion, has nothing left to prove in terms of his own driving prowess – especially after the performance that he turned in at Shanghai. Once again, it falls on the shoulders of team Mclaren & Honda to sort their hardware out and give Alonso a car worth driving.