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Feisty Fernando Alonso commits to McLaren but slams Formula 1 radio broadcasts

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Feisty Fernando Alonso commits to McLaren but slams Formula 1 radio broadcasts
Oct 8, 2015, 4:06 PM

Fernando Alonso has spelled out in the clearest terms that he intends to drive for McLaren in Formula 1 next season and 2017, despite his vocal fru...

Fernando Alonso has spelled out in the clearest terms that he intends to drive for McLaren in Formula 1 next season and 2017, despite his vocal frustrations with the team’s problems at the Japanese Grand Prix.

In the pre-event press conference at the Russian Grand Prix, Alonso was repeatedly asked about his radio rant during the Suzuka race, where he described McLaren’s Honda power unit as a “GP2 engine.”

Fernando Alonso

But when asked if he would be staying in F1 with McLaren in 2016 and would definitely be driving a car, Alonso replied: “Yes, of course. And 2017, yes.”

The Spaniard, who is marking his 250th F1 entry this weekend, explained that his messages were normal in the heat of a Grand Prix racing battle and expressed his opinion that radio messages should not be broadcast.

He said: “We have been very positive all season about the team and about the car [even though] we face some difficult and tough times. What you talk on the radio should remain private because you are talking with your team and not publically.

“The level of frustration and the level of commitment that I, and Jenson [Button], have for racing when battling and you can’t hold anyone behind and you’re losing positions, is normal.

“[F1] is a very unique sport that we have a microphone in our helmets and it goes live on television. Imagine in the NBA or with football players what we could [find out]. But this is normal when talking to the team, the frustration when driving the car.”

Fernando Alonso

Alonso, who has been the subject of intense speculation about his F1 future since Suzuka, explained that the information he received from the Honda engineers in the run up to the Japanese race were more important to him than the much-discussed radio messages.

He said: “The most important thing from the Suzuka weekend was on the Wednesday [before the race] when I visited the Sakura factory and I saw the engine programme for next year.

“We had very long meetings and we went through all the difficulties we are facing right now and all the possible solutions we want for next year. Those messages were very clear and much more important [than the radio messages] on Sunday. That was the frustration of racing and the competition against the others.

Fernando Alonso

“It’s nothing new because we know where we are lacking and we’ve identified the problems. The important thing is to be positive and go forward for next year.”

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