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Nico Rosberg critical of Fernando Alonso for choices in 2017 F1 season

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F1 champion Nico Rosberg has said that there is only one person to blame for Fernando Alonso’s lack of a third world title in his career.

"It was not bad luck,” the F1 world champion for 2016 told Autoweek.com.

"It's not bad luck when you choose the wrong teams to be at, because that's all part of being a top driver.

“You can be the best driver in the world, but you won't win in a bad car."

The 36-year-old won the F1 championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault and looked certain to win more.

Then came a series of bad moves that stalled the 36-year-old’s career.

McLaren, a return in Renalt and Ferrari, and then a return back to McLaren.

Surprisingly, Rosberg said back in February that he felt that McLaren could podium in the 2017 season and that the team could prosper with Fernando Alonso at the helm.

"[Alonso] has a great chance but we will have to wait, because the same thing can happen with other drivers and teams too.

"But I do think McLaren will significantly improve its performance. I don't expect them to dominate, but they have a new opportunity and they will definitely take advantage of it.”

Things have not worked out that way for McLaren or Alonso, and after a brief flirtation back in the summer with Renault, the 36-year-old is fast running out of options.

At times, the Spaniard has been his own worst enemy, notably at McLaren with Lewis Hamilton, and at Ferrari with Felipe Massa.

But, it seems a shame that a what was once tipped to be a great career ends in a whimper.

With McLaren seemingly dropping Honda as their engine supplier for next season, they could have a change of fortunes, and that could be the main reason behind the Spaniard staying with the team.

However, only time will tell.

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Topics:
McLaren
Nico Rosberg
Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton
Formula 1
Mercedes
Felipe Massa

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