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F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Alonso poised to pick up penalties

Fernando Alonso: The thing of this weekend is just the final result, we don't know if it is going to be good enough to make us happy because probably with the penalties we will start already at the back and pay some extra penalties...
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says the result will probably “not look good” this weekend in Austria, with the Spaniard poised to pick up penalties for an engine change.

Alonso will benefit from some design tweaks at the Red Bull Ring - including a new short nose - but looks set to have to start from the back of the grid as a result of changes made by Honda to the power unit.

“It will be another weekend that will be tough and where the result will not look good, especially because they are probably some penalties to pay,” Alonso said on Thursday in the countdown to the eighth round in the 2015 Formula 1 World Championship. “I think it is going to be a test weekend for us, very important, we have some updates on the car, so hopefully we go out of this weekend with some answers and we have the test next week as well.

“Important days ahead for us, I'm quite optimistic with the things that are coming to the car for the near future, but as I said, in terms of result it will not change too much this weekend and probably it will be even worse.”

Alonso, however, was insistent that he remains very positive and is convinced in time McLaren Honda will get there.

“Obviously the position we found ourselves in during winter testing was not ideal, probably we expected a little bit more, but that is the way it is,” he reiterated. “I think the performance has always been improving race after race and here that will be the case as well. The thing of this weekend is just the final result, we don't know if it is going to be good enough to make us happy because probably with the penalties we will start already at the back and pay some extra penalties. That will be not ideal.

“However, in terms of performance we expect a lot from the car over the next month or two. So we will see how we end up before the summer and how we end up at the end of the year. That will give us some hope for next year.

“Why do I remain optimistic? Because I see a lot of things inside the team, I see the group of people we have, I see the programme that we have in terms of the chassis and in terms of engine, I see the resources and I see the talent of the team. So it is a question of time when we will be competitive.

"Hopefully we will make it very short, this period of learning that we are having at the moment. I am optimistic,” he concluded.

by Rob Wilkins

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George Zaidan

June 18, 2015 8:21 PM

In my opinion a standard requirement should be set for all aspects of the F1 car and teams should be allowed to reach those standards no matter when, where and what it takes in cost through out the season. We are only in the 8th race of the season and McLaren and RBR will be penalized and sent to the back on the grid... as if they aren't in the back enough. It is really stupid to have cars on the grid that lack real testing to show the ultimate power, speed and reliability of these cars and their advanced technology. Just because one or two teams has it right on the get go does not mean the other teams should just make do with shoddy cars that lack any real chance of competing and leaves the fans with second rate experience. In my line of work when we spec out products we always suggest 3 companies and add equal or better for any other preferred company. Enough of this farce they call rules already.

George Zaidan

June 18, 2015 8:26 PM
Last Edited 372 days ago

There doesn't seem to be any money restrictions when it comes to Bernie Ecclestone making a profit, in fact he is succeeding in driving out race venues because of what he charges. Yet when it comes to the folks that give the fans the real thrill he and the FIA decides that cost is too high. When I walk into a building I care less about what's holding up the building or how structurally sound it is I admire only the aesthetics and how beautiful it is. The same can be said for the F1, we watch for the thrill and not for what teams are able to afford to join. If costs gets too high teams adjust but they should never be forced to NOT give the best they can give.

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