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Alonso: The F1 show is not good enough

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Fernando Alonso has lashed out at the current state of Formula 1, listing a myriad of issues which he believes is plaguing the sport at the highest level, which to him is simply no longer good enough.

Speaking to reporters on the eve of the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, the McLaren driver said, “I don’t think that there being one team dominant [is the problem], it has always been like this. But the show was good enough and now it is not good enough for whatever reason…”

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“The cars are too slow, too heavy or the noise is not good or the prices are too high. Whatever it is, I don’t know, it’s not the same and it’s something obvious. If you painted all the cars black, you would not know which team built which car,” mused Alonso.

Alonso continued to list the woes that afflict modern Formula 1, “We can never drive the cars to their real limit. We can never attack as much as we would like because the tyres don’t allow you to. If you push too hard they overheat, and lose grip immediately. If you use the engine too much, you step over consumption parameters.”

“To be quick in today’s F1, you must not attack too much, that’s the secret, but that’s something against a driver’s instincts,” explained the Spaniard.

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As for the revised radio restrictions, Alonso said, “I think they have made this to talk about something between races, because it makes no sense. Relaxing everything a little bit would be good, like it always used to be in F1.”

“We have to do the same thing at the same time at the same hour and if you don’t do one of these things you have to go to the stewards and you will have a penalty – a time penalty, a reprimand, points. It doesn’t matter if you are five minutes late to the briefing or if you go five minutes late to the autograph session.”

“You are allowed to breathe and not much more,” revealed Alonso who will be starting his 263rd grand prix whne he lines up on the grid in Hungary on Sunday.

The double F1 world champion’s comments come amid the sport again grabbing headlines for tightening up of driver-to-engineer communication restrictions that have been in the spotlight during recent races and have been described as “complete bullshit” by four times F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel, among many others.