McLaren right to seek new talent – Alonso | RaceFans Round-up

In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says McLaren is doing the right thing by bringing in new people to solve the problems it has with its car.

What they say

McLaren has announced it intends to bring in Toro Rosso’s James Key as its new technical director.

I like the direction. I think we need to, as I said, be honest with ourselves, understand the problem, understand the lack of performance.

Once you accept that the car is not quick enough and there is a lack of performance then you start searching for new ideas, new people, new philosophies, all these things.

I think the way of taking people from the outside maybe with different philosophies, changing a little bit the structure, simplifying, also how everything runs in the team and in the factory, they are all positive steps to make McLaren competitive in the near future.

This is Formula 1, the result are not coming from one day to the next. Everything requires times. But as I said the last two or three grands prix everything I see it feels logical so it feels good.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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More motor racing links of interest:

F1 needs FE permission to go fully electric – Agag (Autosport)

“Formula E has an exclusive licence with the FIA for 25 seasons, and we’ve only done four.”

Red Bull could handle Alonso’s unfortunate reputation (Motorsport magazine)

“as a team insider at the time observed: from the moment of that title-losing catastrophic strategy call in Abu Dhabi, Alonso stopped being part of the team’s fabric, began to act as if it was not serving him well enough. It was this that ultimately turned Luca di Montezemolo against him and towards recruiting Sebastian Vettel instead.”

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