Alonso says he lost motivation at Ferrari

Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:28pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPIELBERG, Austria (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso has credited McLaren with restoring the motivation he lost after five years at Ferrari.

"I don’t have any regrets because I'm happy now," the Spaniard told reporters after his team's dismal start to the Formula One season and new partnership with Honda showed no let-up in Saturday's Austrian Grand Prix qualifying.

"I'm enjoying the weekends, I'm enjoying my job and I need this motivation.

"I lost motivation last year. To be second or third for so many years with not really any progress...without motivation it is very difficult to work and I have all that back now," added the double champion.

Alonso has yet to score a point in seven races this season and McLaren, in a new partnership with Honda, plumbed new depths on Saturday when he and Jenson Button picked up 25-place grid penalties.

At Ferrari, Alonso won races and ended up second in the championship in three seasons but the title was always out of reach.

The Spaniard said he was sad not to be fighting for the podium but progress was being made.

"I see the Q3 (final phase of qualifying) normally on television unfortunately now," he added, expressing mock sympathy for those who filled the top places.   Continued...

McLaren Honda Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain talks to journalists in the paddock ahead of the Austrian F1 Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring circuit in Spielberg, Austria, June 18, 2015.   REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger