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F1 Brazilian Grand Prix: Alonso philosophical as more issues curtail running

Fernando Alonso: I have read this image is quite famous already, but I don't know what people expect...
Fernando Alonso maintains he would rather experience problems with his McLaren-Honda now rather than in 2016 as another Honda engine failure sidelined him in FP2 for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Having been 16th fastest in FP1, Alonso was forced to park up at the side of the track early on in the afternoon session to notch up yet another failure in a season beset by persistent mechanical problems.

Despite yet another setback, Alonso – who will avoid a grid penalty by reverting to the engine he used during the Mexico Grand Prix weekend – insists the problems now will help McLaren and Honda prevent them in the future.

It is an engine problem,” he said. “I think we need to go deep to understand more. We will try to change the engine, we will put the Mexico one in which is low mileage so it should be OK for tomorrow. We will keep learning about the troubles we have this year.

“My head is into next year and I hope to have all the problems here or Abu Dhabi, rather than next year. It's a learning process and it is painful, but it is the only way to succeed, to learn from our mistakes and problems.”

By stopping at the edge of the circuit, Alonso's disconsolate pose whilst waiting for the medical car to retrieve him has already been described as an image befitting of his dismal 2015 campaign. However, the two-time world champion is bemused by the attention the image is receiving.

“I have read this image is quite famous already, but I don't know what people expect when you retire and you are waiting for the car to take you back to the garage! It's true we are having a frustrating season but we are learning a lot.”


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Jim Clausen

November 13, 2015 8:55 PM

Based upon all the positive comments by Alonso lately, I suspect he's getting ready to bail on McLaren. Whenever these F1 drivers, managers and team principals use corporate speak I suspect something is afoot. No way in hell Alonso is looking forward to 2016 with a Honda powered McLaren. Neither are McLaren fans.

Omega

November 14, 2015 3:27 AM

ZEDX: That image, Fernando, is one of those perfectly captured photos by an experienced (and probably classically-trained) photographer that needs no caption or explanation ... he (or she) has "captured the moment" brilliantly. Yes, your dismal year summed up in one shot, mate! This car is never miraculously going to go from ugly duckling to very fine swan over the winter ... better make a date in your diary for a meeting with your lawyers...
It's not impossible. Just look at Brawn. Utterly hopeless in 2008 and won both Championships in 2009. I realise they had a different engine in the back, but the Honda lump that will be in the back of the 2016 McLaren will be more or less a completely new PU compared to this year. I hope.



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