Alonso vents frustration with 'amateur' jibe

Sun Jun 7, 2015 8:08pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso warned McLaren they were making him look like an amateur after another dismal afternoon at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

After being told over the car radio by his race engineer to save fuel after just 24 of the 70 scheduled laps, the Spaniard expressed his dismay by exclaiming: "I don't want. I don't want".

"We're going to have big problems later if we don't," the double world champion was informed in return.

"Already I have big problems now. Driving with this, looking like amateur. So I race and then I concentrate on the fuel," Alonso replied.

The Spaniard, who left Ferrari at the end of 2014, has yet to score a point in seven races this season as McLaren struggles to get to grips with a misfiring Honda power unit.

Neither he nor team mate Jenson Button finished Sunday's race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with both retiring with exhaust problems.

The retirement was Alonso's third in a row, something he has not suffered since he raced for now-defunct Minardi back in his 2001 debut season.

Button had started last, with an additional drive-through penalty, after engine problems prevented him from taking part in qualifying.   Continued...

McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain waves after the qualifying session of the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, near Barcelona, Spain, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina