McLaren see no risk of Alonso meltdown

Mon Jun 8, 2015 9:05am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONTREAL (Reuters) - McLaren are confident their relationship with Fernando Alonso is not about to go into meltdown after the Spaniard made his frustration evident in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix

Those who predicted a bumpy ride, after the double world champion returned to the team he fell out with in a stormy 2007 season, will have heard the radio exchanges with some foreboding.

Until Sunday, despite failing to score a point for a team wrestling with a misfiring and underpowered Honda engine, Alonso had been relentlessly positive. But the mask slipped somewhat in Montreal.

Told to save fuel after just 24 of the 70 laps, he exclaimed: "I don't want. I don't want".

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

The 'amateur' reference lit up social media but McLaren racing director Eric Boullier, no stranger to fire-fighting after his time at Lotus, played down the suggestion that the relationship was starting to fray.

"If we are still like this next year, yes of course I'm sure he is going to turn mad, but I don't think he will," the Frenchman told reporters.

"You guys see him regularly and you can see he is happy with the team, happy where he is now. He wants to win, he wants to race, he wants to compete, we know he's a winner and we have the same agenda anyway.   Continued...

McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain drives his car during the first free practice session at the Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini