It has not been an easy year for Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard has struggled to make the kind of mark on Formula 1 that he would’ve liked to, with McLaren struggling to match the pace of the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes.
The fact that Alonso’s season highlight came outside of Formula 1 when he helped Toyota claim victory at the Le Mans 24 hour just goes to show how forgettable 2018 has been.
As a double world champion, Alonso will undoubtedly be very frustrated by his team’s inability to have him challenging for top honours.
However, while 2018 has, on the surface at least, looked a terrible season for McLaren and Alonso, the 36-year-old put it all into perspective with some interesting comments during the drivers pre-Austria press conference.
“We are fifth in the constructors’ championship, I’m eighth in the drivers’ championship,” Alonso said.
“All the other ones that are doing a perfect season, they are behind us, so maybe they are not so perfect and we are not so bad.
“We understand we have been uncompetitive, and we are the first ones that we want to improve that.
“We had zero points last season, and now we have fifth in the constructors’ championship and eighth in the drivers’ championship. So again, the situation changed a lot and improved a lot. We are not where we want to be, and we want to improve.”
He makes a very fair point.
McLaren had an absolute nightmare last year and Alonso has highlighted just how much progress has been made since then.
Yes, names like Alonso and McLaren are generally expected to do better, but the simple fact of the matter is that they are doing better.
There has been plenty of speculation surrounding Alonso’s future at McLaren, but after these comments, it looks as though he is firmly focused on further improvement with the British based side.
Formula 1 is a better place when Fernando Alonso is challenging for podiums, let’s hope he is back amongst it soon.