Fernando Alonso has complained about the broadcasting of team radio messages after he was heard describing his Honda power unit as a “GP2 engine” during the Japanese Grand Prix.
“They passed me on the straight like a GP2” said Alonso early in the race after being passed by Carlos Sainz Jnr and Marcus Ericsson. “This is embarrassing, very embarrassing,” he added. Later in the race he repeated his criticism, saying: “GP2 engine, GP2.”
Alonso told the media after the race he’d been frustrated with his car’s performance and later clarified his remarks in a series of Twitter posts.
“Some things from today that seem not clear to everybody,” said Alonso. “Today was our third best result of the season – we keep working hard.”
“When we are fighting in group is difficult, we all want to win, and sometimes transmit the team radios, but it should be private chats.”
Alonso also dismissed speculation his unhappiness with the Honda power unit could lead him to leave McLaren.
“No one should have any doubt that I have three years with McLaren and my career in F1 will end with this team, hopefully winning everything,” he added. “Very simple. So now a few days off and Russia will be another race to keep closing the gap to the top!”
All the teams’ radio messages are available for FOM to broadcast if they choose, but only a small number are. While at Ferrari Alonso regularly conducted his team radio discussions in Italian and consequently few were broadcast. However a frustrated message from Alonso to his team at Monza in 2013 was broadcast.
Earlier that year Jenson Button, now Alonso’s team mate at McLaren, also complained about team radio messages being made public.