Alonso: McLaren’s Expectations Are Not Realistic

Fernando Alonso believes the expectation that Renault should have started the season better is not realistic. After three forgettable seasons with Honda engines, the Woking team switched to Renault. McLaren has scored points with both cars in the two racing weekends so far this season. Racing director, Eric Boullier has however stated the start of […]

Fernando Alonso believes the expectation that Renault should have started the season better is not realistic.

After three forgettable seasons with Honda engines, the Woking team switched to Renault.

McLaren has scored points with both cars in the two racing weekends so far this season.

Racing director, Eric Boullier has however stated the start of the season has been harder than expected, as McLaren continue to struggle for pace against  Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull, who are using Renault engines.

Alonso feels their season so far is a perfect representation, seeing where they are coming from.

“I don’t know what exactly people were expecting from one season to another where the regulations stay the same,” said Alonso ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

 

“There were three teams ahead of everyone last year and this year they stayed ahead of everyone.

 

“Last year in three races we had zero points. Last year Stoffel [Vandoorne] didn’t even make the start in Bahrain, he was pulling the car into the pitlane so this year from two races four cars to the checkered flag and third in the constructors’ championship.

 

“If we look at the facts, not the feelings or the wishes or the dreams, if we see the facts, this is a very good start.”

Alonso has also pointed out that McLaren is the only car not to have developed any issue on the grid.

“We didn’t have any mechanical failures or operational failures and I think we are the only team, no?” he said. “With the pitstop [issues] from Ferrari, the pitstops of Haas and the Red Bull retirements…

 

“I think there’s only one team remaining with no issues at all in two weekends, and that’s only McLaren because even Mercedes they changed the gearbox already a couple of times. It’s only McLaren.

 

“This could change quite quickly, unfortunately, but I think so far the start of the season has been very positive. But I understand that the expectations are always difficult to meet and a potential championship fight.”

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