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Alonso apologizes for blunt criticism over Honda power unit

 "I say things that I think and that I believe" - Alonso comes clean about the infamous “GP2 engine” team radio message

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Alonso apologizes for blunt criticism over Honda power unit
Fuente imagen: Fernando Alonso Twitter

During the Japanese GP at Suzuka in 2015, Fernando Alonso spoke badly about the Honda’s engine which motorized the McLaren at the time.

In fact he defined the Japanese power unit “embarrassing” while he was speaking to the team radio.

"It feels like GP2. Embarrassing. Very embarrassing."

In an exclusive interview with F1 Racing he explained "It came from a place of frustration and maybe I should not say that, but I didn't say it in the TV pen or the press conference. I was talking to my engineer in a private conversation. It was not meant to be public. But the engine was very bad."

Moreover, in 2017, Honda and McLaren’s relationship ended because the British team decided to power their vehicles with Renault’s engine.

Not long afterward, exactly in 2018, Honda likewise switched to Toro Rosso and they made a deal with Red Bull for 2019 with which Max Verstappen won three races.

"I'm very happy” declared Alonso about the redemption of Honda “but the engine I had in the car was not the same as the one winning in Brazil.”

"If a top driver today goes through the performance that I went through, I could not imagine what they would say. In 2015 I was always fighting to get out of Q1 and had 575 places of penalties.”

"I say things that I think and that I believe. That's because I believe those things are the truth. Sometimes I can be wrong. But I don't see things that I do that others are not doing.”

This is how the two-times Spanish world champion clarifies the “private” discussion and the disappointment towards the 2015 Honda engine.


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