GP2 Engine: Fernando Alonso regrets it, but Honda does not forget it ...

The Japanese brand lowered its thumb when the Spaniard arrived at Andretti Autosport to run in the Indianapolis 500.

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During the Japan Grand Prix de F1 2015, Spanish Fernando Alonso criticized engine performance Honda what did he use in his McLaren with a phrase that is famous today: "GP2 Engine".

Those words, with which he compared the Japanese impeller with one of the category GP2Series, they would cost the Spanish your agreement with Andretti Autosport to compete with one of his cars in the 500 Miles Indianapolis of 2020. It seems that Honda has not forgiven him and has vetoed the agreement that was about to be signed.

In a recent interview with F1 Racing, Alonso spoke of that expression he made shortly after being overtaken by the Swede Marcus ericcson from Sauber. “It came from a place of frustration and maybe I shouldn't have said that, but I didn't say it in TV interviews or at the press conference. I was talking to my engineer in a private conversation. It was not meant to be public. But the engine was very bad ”, Alonso commented.

Fernando AlonsoAlthough Alonso is right to highlight the context in which those words were said, it is also true that everyone knows that the conversations of the teams are taken by TV for broadcast ...

Despite the fact that this happened a few years ago, at Honda they are still sensitive to the matter to the point of vetoing the deal between Alonso and Michael Andretti to race one of his cars in this year's Indy 500.

Although the deal was practically closed, Honda PerformanceDevelopment from the United States would have received the order from Tokyo to put your thumb down to the agreement, something that would force the Asturian to find another way to participate in the mythical test that is carried out in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The options would be that Andretti could enlist him a car with Chevrolet engine or, directly, that Alonso competes in another team that has the American drivers as Penske, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, DragonSpeed, AJ Foyt Racing o Rushes Racing, the Argentine team Ricardo Juncos placeholder image...

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 32 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, teammate y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He is currently the director of the portals Automundo.com.ar y NationRPM.com, host the podcast motorbit and the magazine Two Daring Guys (Campeones Radio, Radio Arroba and Spotify). In addition, he is a columnist in WorldSport (AM 570) and teacher in SPORTS.

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