The lights haven’t gone green in Melbourne and Mclarens season already looks like it could be in turmoil. After news emerged that Honda used 4 engines in last weeks test and a rumour surfaced of a possible break away from the Japanese motor company, Eric Boullier has now admitted that Fernando Alonso is not happy with the progress of the 2017 challenger
The Woking outfit only managed 201 laps in 4 days which was only above Toro Rosso, who are having their own problems with the reintroduction of the Renault power unit and when Mclarens star driver finally got some running in, the Honda unit struggled to set any speed traps alight and they finished the week with what appears to be the slowest car (time corrected with tyres),with another difficult pre season now raising questions regarding the Spaniards future.
Now let’s admit that this won’t be the first time there has been speculation over Alonso’s future and Eric Boullier has already pointed this out and he has been quoted as saying “Naturally he is not happy because he wants to fight to win, but even if the team works like crazy right now we are not able to offer this possibility and I can not say that he will do tomorrow. It is up to us to bring McLaren to the level it deserves for its history.”
When asked if he believes Alonso will be in F1 in 2018 and with McLaren, the Frenchman admits that he wasn’t sure but hoped so, also adding that “after so many years you could expect this guy to say OK I’ll take life a bit more lightly” “but no he’s always focused and an example and an inspiration to many drivers and not just those in F1”
With Alonso’s admission that Mercedes came knocking for his signature during the off season and Bottas only signing for a one year contract, maybe the door has been left open for a return to the partnership that was so explosive in 2007 for McLaren with Lewis Hamilton
One thing is for certain if McLaren and in particular Honda do not sort their pre season issues quickly this rumour will not go away and will rumble on and perhaps could be the key in silly season and driver movements.
Pucture credit allsportsintheworld.com