Eric Boullier compared double world champion Fernando Alonso with a shark because when he senses blood he directly attacks and uses every opportunity he has.
Alonso won his two titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006 and was three times vice-champion with Ferrari, but after returning to McLaren, he was only picking up points when the car allowed him to do so.
McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier praised his driver for maximum dedication in years when the car was not at the level of his talent but also his instinct to convert chances when he feels the opportunity.
“Sometimes he has to express frustration, but he was doing it in the past even when he was winning,” commented Boullier.
“He is so tense after the race, as he was in Singapore [where Alonso broke the wall in his room at the track].”
“He’s burning’inside, knowing he can do better, he knows he can be the best, and he has to show it.”
Next year, McLaren will have Renault engines that should allow them to return to battle for the podium places and get closer to the leading thrio Mercedes-Ferrari-Red Bull.
“I always compare it to a ahark,” Boullier told Alons.
“When he senses blood, he attacks directly.”
“And if he feels he can be on a podium or competitive enough to fight for it, he will not give anyone an inch.”
“That’s why he puts pressure on the team, but that’s good pressure.”