Those Fernando Alonso fans who hoped to see a miracle in the Australian Grand Prix that would allow the two-time Spanish champion to fight forward collided with the sad reality: the McLaren-Honda duo was uncompetitive in Melbourne as it happened in the preseason tests.
Alonso said goodbye to qualifying in Q2 when he finished 13th and half a second from the cut that allowed him to continue in the next round. While his partner, Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, did not even pass Q1 due to a fuel pump failure. In the race, the results were not good either: Alonso abandoned three laps from the end when he was in the points zone due to a suspension problem and Vandoorne finished 13th, two laps behind the winner.
“We know that we are not where we want or need to be either based on performance or reliability, but we are working with Honda to reverse the situation. I am very impressed by the spirit of collaboration that exists between us and them, ”said Frenchman Éric Boullier, race director of the Woking team.
Despite this sad reality, Alonso was calm and hopeful. “I don't think going home is the solution to the problem. In any case, the solution will be to improve as soon as possible, and of course, demand a reaction from the team ”, he explained.
The truth is that the situation of McLaren and Alonso himself is not alien to the rest of the paddock. So much so that Englishman Lewis Hamilton, who won the first of his three titles with the team founded by Bruce McLaren, took time to reflect on the issue. “We all would like Fernando to have a good car and be able to be ahead. I think we still need to see the best of Fernando and Formula 1 needs it because you always want to race against the best ”, admitted the Briton, who shared the team with Nano in 2007 until a series of controversies culminated in the return of the Iberian to Renault.[sam_pro id = "0_2" codes = "true"]