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.”