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Alonso hits out at negative media

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28/06/2018

A week that began with talk of unrest before moving on to claims of a "toxic" atmosphere, "clueless" management and, of course, Freddo-gate, was capped when both McLarens failed to make in into Q2 and subsequently finished outside the points.

Though he has since played down his radio outburst 40 laps into last weekend's race, Fernando Alonso's call of "no brakes, no tyres, we're out of the points... I don't care too much", seemed like a cri de couer on behalf of the entire team and its fans.

However, speaking to the media in Spielberg today, the Spaniard sought to play down the situation, while criticising the journalists for emphasising the negatives.

"A weekend like that, the only problem is the media attention it attracts and the lack of normal conversation goes into the bad news or good news, and everything is exaggerated, especially in Formula One with all the polemics and all the things you need to sell every week," he said.

"We had a quite poor weekend in terms of performance," he admitted, "uncompetitive on Friday, uncompetitive on Saturday, uncompetitive on Sunday.

"We are the first ones to know that, and we want to improve that. At the same time, we are not last. We are not getting worse and worse. We are not the worst team in the paddock. We are not these things that we've been hearing for the last three days.

"We are fifth in the Constructors' Championship, and I'm eighth in the drivers' championship," he continued.

"All the other ones that are doing a perfect season, they are behind us, so maybe they are not so perfect and we are not so bad.

"We understand we have been uncompetitive, and we are the first ones that we want to improve that."

Even more feisty than usual, the Spaniard was in no mood when reminded that last year the team had claimed it had the best chassis and was losing out courtesy of Honda.

"We had zero points last season," he snapped, "and now we have fifth in the Constructors' Championship and eighth in the drivers' championship. So again, the situation changed a lot and improved a lot. We are not where we want to be, and we want to improve.

"We want to fight for podiums, we want to fight for championships," he insisted. "We were thinking this year could be that transition to be close to the podiums and close to the Red Bull performance and we are not. We realise that, and we accept that we need to improve.

"If this was the season to improve, yes, it was, and we did improve massively. 400 or 500 percent more points than last year, so we are doing what we can."

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1. Posted by praero, 29/06/2018 8:53

"ALO might have put himself there as an expert in negativity.
For years he has been claiming to be the best driver, in the best chassis, and to put in persepctive..have just won the most impressive LeMans win ever..... Ehhh been there since 2003, I can remeber quite a few wins more impressive... But this is a good scaling to what he says about himself, just divide by 10.
I still think he is a good driver, but with absolutely no results for an extremely long time. I dont like his constant bragging on himself in media, but have to say this must somehow have been working, otherwise people into F1 in the last manyyears wouldnt know he is any good, if not for himself constant telling.
Not many, if any, would otherwise have survived those years.
It seems he has ground-zero skills in building a performing team around him, since somehow toxic metality seames to arrive wherever he goes - instead of results.
Even now he claims they make significant progress in 2018, but to mee only the engine (not McLaren) har now better reliabillity, and most of the point so far has not been through out speed but more into circumstances from others - which do count.
Imagine how bad they were in the Hondadays if this significant progress is true? With same engine as Renault and RB, they are so slow that its like a GP2 team to use some comparable wording.
Im happy somebody took up the Honda challenge, and yes they were bad, but who know about the circumstances, the installation, cooling package and other stuff when McL actually have no up to date F1 skills.
They should be winning this year..., now its named a transition year... for a short periode with Renult motor, so after that?
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