Fernando Alonso is Fearful for McLaren’s Aero Package

Fernando Alonso has recently made comments regarding both his faith and uncertainty regarding the way his ’17 car will handle.

I’m going to sound like a goddamn broken record right now, but holy jumpin’ jeebus do these new regulation changes have nearly everyone scrambling for the hills. I guess that’s what happens when you up-end major policies in a global motorsport – who knew! Well, it looks like Fernando Alonso did.

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The drivers, keeping with tradition, have been the most vocal. Most recent to step up and pipe up is McLaren-Honda’s Fernando Alonso. It seems that although he thinks they’ll finally be able to deliver on the goods engine-wise, the cars aerodynamics are still a bulging Riddler-esque question mark.

“I’m 100 percent confident we will reach the power that we want to reach, on aerodynamics I think it is more of a question mark. When there are new rules you can be lucky or unlucky. It depends on how every team interprets the rules, how the philosophy of the car goes.

Maybe you choose to go right and someone in the paddock chooses to go left and you find in race four or five that your package aerodynamically goes to the left because you started wrongly.

Hopefully we are one of those who does the job from the beginning.” – Fernando Alonso

McLaren-Honda's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso is presented with a birthday cake by two pit girls prior to the first practice session of the Formula One German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit on July 29, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)
McLaren-Honda’s Spanish driver Fernando Alonso is presented with a birthday cake by two pit girls prior to the first practice session of the Formula One German Grand Prix at the Hockenheim circuit on July 29, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

 

The upside to this whole deal is that as the policy’s regarding engine tuning have become more lax, they’ll have wiggle-room to make adjustments throughout the season. Yet the same can’t be said for aerodynamics.

If the teams can’t make major adjustments to the way their car’s aero performs regarding the extra downforce, then we’re going to see a whole lot of pissed off fans screaming that it was all moot.