Former F1 driver Mark Webber believes that Fernando Alonso might not finish this season with McLaren Honda because it is ‘very far’ from where he wants to be.
Alonso returned to McLaren in 2015. after five years at Ferrari where he three times finished as vice champion behind Sebastian Vettel in Red Bull while Honda returned to the sport in the same year with huge power deficit and reliability problems.
Honda’s 2016 progress and allow Alonso to again fight for Q3 and points, and 2017 is expected to step forward and fight for the podium. However, the disastrous winter testing McLaren were knocked to the bottom of the order, and Alonso after the first race in Australia said that the pure speed in the last place.
“Maybe Fernando doesn’t stay the whole year,” said Webber for the Belgian Sporza.
“Maybe Stoffel get another team mate at some point.”
“Fernando is frustrated. He doesn’t even want to finish seventh or sixth [although that’s impossible at the moment]. Perhaps the points for Stoffel are nice thing, but Fernando is not interested in the points.”
“He wants to fight for the podium so he is now mentally very far from where he wants to be.”
Alonso had his F1 debut in 2001 in a Minardi and tested for Renault in 2002. But after he made his debut with Renault in 2003 he has been 12 years in a row at least once on the podium with three different teams (Renault, McLaren and Ferrari ).
But since he returned to McLaren in 2015 his best result is a fifth place, which is a cold shower for the driver of his class who is waiting for the third title for more than ten years.