Alonso: Radio ban makes no sense with “spaceship” technology
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso has hit out at the current ban on certain pit-to-car radio messages, following Lewis Hamilton’s struggles in the European Grand Prix.
Hamilton suffered a lack of power from his Mercedes being in the wrong setting to deploy its full electrical energy deployment. But his engineers on the pitwall were powerless to advise him on how to fix it.
“From the beginning this rule was not making much sense,” said Alonso. “They give us a spaceship to drive, with the technology we have, and now we have no information available.
“Sometimes it’s difficult to know what is happening with the car, and what solution to do. Maybe in the future we can address this.”
Alonso was a late retirement in Baku, when his McLaren suffered a downshift fault.
“We had a developing issue on the gearbox,” explained Alonso. “It was getting worse so we decided to stop to not damage anything in the power unit as well.
“We were out of the points, so it was a bit less painful this retirement.”
Button happy, despite no points
Teammate Jenson Button tigered his way through to field to finish just outside the points, and declared himself happy with his efforts.
“I think if we’d started 11th, we’d have finished 11th,” said Button. “To beat Williams at the moment is a big ask for us, especially around a circuit like this. We have a few issues on a circuit like this that don’t help us. The amount of time you spend at full throttle here, and in Canada.
“We took a lot of downforce off it, the first time we’ve run low downforce with this car and it seems to work well. The aim is to keep pushing, however bad the situation is – that’s exactly what I do and I never give up.
“I enjoyed it, to fair, when you start 19th you’ve got to fight. I gave everything and enjoyed charging through. I’m really happy with what I did.
“I had some good fights, the car was working well.”
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