In the wake of a torrid Japanese Grand Prix weekend for McLaren, star driver Fernando Alonso has put his frustrations behind him and reaffirmed his full commitment to the cause.
Immediately after the race Ron Dennis has had to spend time fighting fires on Alonso’s side of the garage after the race, despite accusing the Spaniard of a lapse of “professionalism” when live over the team radio he compared Honda’s power unit to a “GP2 engine” and “it’s embarrassing, very embarrassing” as cars passed his under-powered McLaren on the straights.
Alonso used Twitter late after the race to back-paddle on what McLaren supremo Ron Dennis attributes to a case of “demotivation” and “frustration”.
Alonso said radio conversations, although transmitted globally, are essentially “private chats”, as he also pledged his future to the Woking team.
“No one should have any doubt that I have three years with McLaren and my career in F1 will end with this team, hopefully winning everything,” he added.
And El Confidencial newspaper also quoted Alonso as saying: “Honda has my full support. The people from Honda, when they see you, come and ask for forgiveness and patience, and the support remains the same but – hey – when you are passed by (Sauber’s Marcus) Ericsson … it’s hard.”
Dennis explained: “Anything that’s coming out of our drivers at the moment has its origin in frustration and disappointment and demotivation. We are all demotivated, but we will get there. It’s just painful at the moment.”
Alonso then signed off the race weekend by answering “I don’t know” as to whether he will still be a McLaren driver in 2016.
“I don’t know what he means by that comment,” said Dennis. “I’m surprised as I spoke to him earlier today, he has a contract and he understands the contract.”