McLaren offer Alonso a Bigger Carrot… on a Longer Stick

Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
Ryan Ashenhurst
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McLaren’s racing director Eric Boullier probably isn’t aware of the heavily regulated nutritional diet that a Formula One driver has to stay on top of, because he’s serving up some special horsesh*t for Fernando Alonso.

Alonso has truly had his patience tested since joining the Woking-based squad in 2015. His transition from Ferrari has been tough for the Spaniard. Alonso has vented his frustration on many occasions regarding the lack of competitiveness of the Honda-powered car.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 13: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda sits on a fance at the side of the track as his team-mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Honda drives by after he stoped his car on the track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – NOVEMBER 13: Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren Honda sits on a fance at the side of the track as his team-mate Jenson Button of Great Britain and McLaren Honda drives by after he stoped his car on the track during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 13, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Boullier has claimed that Alonso will claim a third Championship with McLaren…

He said,

 “I don’t think Alonso is ready to retire. I am sure that if he believes in the McLaren Honda project he will end up being champion.

“I respect Fernando, he is a competitive driver, he is a very intelligent driver, and he is good from the practice runs through until Sunday. That is the reason why he is the best. He is definitely a leader.”

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Although his claim of championships is complete rubbish, McLaren are close to recovering from their Honda dip in form. They’re almost reaching the level of performance they had in their final year with a Mercedes engine. They’ve stopped being a midfield filler and have graduated to potential points scorers. A podium is still a long way off. A race win, even further.

Boullier acknowledges the progress that Honda are beginning to make.

“Yes, I think we have improved as a team. A couple of years ago there was a lot of pressure, but the relationship is good now.

If you compare Mercedes, Renault or Ferrari it took them three years to improve their engines. It’s taken Honda less time, but we’re getting better and in my opinion we are already as good as Ferrari in terms of reliability, we are back in terms of energy, we have more speed, more engine power and the responsibility of McLaren is to keep improving.”

– Eric Boullier

The upcoming Grand Prix in Hungary should suit McLaren, given that their power deficit won’t be as damaging on the ever winding Hungaroring.

Dejected Alo

 

 

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