Despite McLaren and Honda’s 2017 woes, their star driver Fernando Alonso says his season has been “very very good” so far.
With Honda still working through performance and reliability issues, McLaren find themselves in a position where writing of the current season seems like the best way forward, as the team have scored just 11 points – nine of which came in the most recent race – and sit second to last in the standings.
Whilst Alonso concedes the team’s season is far from desirable, he says on a personal level he is performing better than ever and hailed the first half of the year “fantastic”.
“As a team we can’t be happy with the season so far,” said Alonso. “We were making it into Q3 normally last year, 9th/10th was our average position, whereas this year we have struggled a bit more.”
He added: “But on the personal side, it has been a very very good season for me.
“With the 2017 cars, I’m able to get back again to my driving style, I feel much more competitive than the previous years, I’m feeling competitive out there on the track.
“I had the Indy 500 which was a nice experience, [my] go-kart circuit is going great, fantastic.
“So it’s been a fantastic first half of the season.”
Just a fortnight prior to these comments, Alonso was asked what his highlight of the season was, to which he replied: “The Indy 500.”
When asked if he had others besides that, he added: “No. We expected to be much more competitive and we are not delivering what our expectations were.”