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Alonso bemoans lack of driver influence in F1

Fernando Alonso says it is 'tough' for F1 drivers to have their opinion heard, before adding he 'doesn't get the same feelings' from this era of the sport
Two-time Formula 1 World Championship Fernando Alonso says the vested interests of businesses and manufacturers have made their opinion 'more powerful' than that of a driver.

One of the sport's most successful competitors, the 2005 and 2006 champion is currently in the midst of his 14th season in F1 having made the switch from Ferrari to McLaren over the winter. As a measure of experience, only Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen have raced as long.

However, Alonso admits he is frustrated that even with experience on his side, his opinion as a driver is still less regarded than those of the teams and businesses involved in F1.

“It is tough,” when asked if drivers can enact change in F1. “As a driver, you are in position to ask for many things, but there is so much interest, businesses and manufacturers in the sport, they are more powerful than a driver's opinion.”

Expanding on his point about whether he still 'loves' competing in F1 compared with the various guises of the sport he has competed in, Alonso doesn't give the current era a resounding thumbs up.

“I think the cars are different – slower, heavier… In China, the pace in the race was 1min 43 and in 2004 the pace was 1min 33, so it is 10secs difference. When you drive 10 seconds slower you don't have the same feelings.

“On the other hand, the DNA of the sport remains the same, which is competing against the others, beating the others and being cleverer than the others. When I go go-karting with friends, I have so much fun and I am doing 50kph, so it doesn't matter how much quicker or slower you are, you just enjoy the competition."

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19.04.2015 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30
19.04.2015 - Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30
19.04.2015 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30
19.04.2015 - Race, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30 leads Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Lotus F1 Team E23
17.04.2015 - Free Practice 1, Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Honda MP4-30

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April 26, 2015 9:20 AM

10 secs slower than perv generation cars...10 secs in f1 is lightyears....let wec or other championships develop road cars.....F1 should be about lean, mean and super quick beasts. the current cars is just pathetic for the pinnacle of four wheel raceing


April 26, 2015 10:22 AM

Fernando has hit the nail on the head. The sport is being run purely for the benefit of manufactures to promote their vehicles (Honda, Mercedes, Renault) hence we have these stupid little v6's with bolt on turbos and hybrid 'powerunits' (for God's sake please give us back ENGINES) and for other multinational brands that have no interest in racing except for exploiting it's exposure for self gain. Then we have all the greed and power seeking freaks in the middle each trying to carve the biggest slice of control and financial reward regardless of its knock on effect and outcome. Of course F1 is a business and needs to generate immense amounts of money just to put the show on the road however, it's completely lost its balance now between this and being a 'sport'. In its present state it's simply a stage for those with the most money (and influence) to stand up and dictate the rules regardless of how ludicrous they may be. We, the fan (read commodity) can like it or lump it - and I think m

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