Fernando Alonso vents frustration at current Formula One regulations

Fernando Alonso admits he has been tempted to race in other motorsport categories because of the increasingly restrictive set of regulations governing Formula One.Alonso joined McLaren at the start of this year, but the team has made slow progress so far with new engine manufacturer Honda. In terms of results, it has been Alonso’s worst season since he made his debut with Minardi in 2001, but he insists it is not his car’s lack of pace that is bothering him.

Instead, Alonso says F1’s regulations and tyres are frustrating him, especially the limitation on testing which is set to be tightened further in 2016.

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso

“I love motorsport, all the categories, and it is true that Formula One is not exactly the same, or as exciting as it was in the past – at least to me – to drive the cars two or three seconds faster than GP2 car,” he said. “For me right now, there is huge motivation and a fantastic project that I am in right now with McLaren-Honda.

“My first go-kart was a McLaren-Honda replica and now I am in a real McLaren-Honda, so I am enjoying this process of getting competitive starting from zero. But with no testing, with these tyres, with these limitations, with the calendar for example of next year, there is the temptation for other categories, that is true.”

McLaren boss Ron Dennis understands his driver’s complaints and believes the current limitations on testing are counterproductive from a cost perspective.

“I think Fernando shares my frustration – which is not being able to test when you are not competitive,” Dennis was quoted by “It is such a huge handicap. It is much more difficult to improve both the performance of the engine and the performance of the car.

“It actually doesn’t save money as we have to bring developments to the cars in quantities without proving it out. We don’t always get it right, and when we don’t get it right, we waste money. So it is a false economy. It is more about hampering the performance of the larger teams than it is about really saving money: it doesn’t save anybody money but the smaller teams.

“That isn’t what F1 is about. F1 is about competition, not about handicapping. And perversely the biggest handicap in F1 is no testing.”

Story by: ESPN