In the round-up: Fernando Alonso says he doesn’t regret any of his Formula 1 career decisions, including his 2015 return to McLaren, since when he hasn’t finished on the podium.
What they say
Ahead of his final race Alonso was asked if he regretted not winning more than his two world championship titles:
If you look back maybe you change decisions but I have no regrets. I think driving for McLaren-Honda was a dream for many people. We were all saying ‘McLaren-Honda will be strong next year’ so it is not a thing that anyone expected. Driving for Ferrari was a good thing.
If I think now Max Verstappen is a great talent but has zero championships. Daniel Ricciardo has a great talent, zero championships. Vettel is driving for Ferrari, zero championships. And no one is saying they do bad decisions. Nico Hulkenberg, zero podiums. So it is not that everyone is making bad decisions.
There is only one champion. Lewis Hamilton is happy this year. All the others we are the same, we are not happy.
Quotes: Dieter Rencken
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Notable posts from Twitter, Instagram and more:
Custom gold helmet. What do you guys think? RT=🔥 Like=😍 @BellRacingEU 🙏🏾 @MercedesAMGF1 pic.twitter.com/xveHgDwR3F
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 22, 2018
It's been a whirlwind 18 months full of ups and downs for me! Going through all of your messages now and your support's been amazing, but like any other driver, I need to find sponsorship to keep this dream alive. Hopefully this isn’t the end 🤞🏼 #BillyWhizz pic.twitter.com/hh4ehixSOB
— billywhizz (@BillyMonger) November 22, 2018
Will we get through the final weekend without any more engine penalties? Here's the power unit components table ahead of the final race:#F1 #AbuDhabiGP pic.twitter.com/DJ5l06AFCL
— RaceFans (@racefansdotnet) November 22, 2018
Thank you @lcolajanni and Roberto for showing us around the inner sanctum that is the FOM TV compound this morning here in Abu Dhabi. Brilliant & amazing. My comms set up pales in comparison. #F1 pic.twitter.com/qVa5f0HuEq
— John Sertori (@Adorimedia) November 22, 2018
Yep. Can confirm Robert is officially being a hero today. One of our colleagues in the broadcast media had a turn in the heat and RK ran to the team, got the doctor, came back with towels and water. Stayed until he knew he was OK. Proper bloke 👍 https://t.co/PIjGbjYj3h
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) November 22, 2018
Guest of honour at the @Fia Thursday press conference @abudhabigp_ ? Welcoming @nathaliemcgloin to the heart @F1 A real pleasure to have you with me 👍 pic.twitter.com/2OGgOwBUrA
— Matteo Bonciani (@MatteoBonciani) November 22, 2018
PSA: @R_Kubica is a fake account. #F1 #AbuDhabiGP
— Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) November 22, 2018
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More motor racing links of interest:
Alonso: The end at Ferrari & another wrong decision leads back to McLaren (BBC)
"Over the summer of 2014, Alonso began to push Ferrari harder and harder for a release from his contract. By late August, they had secured a deal with Vettel to join, and were ready to agree to let Alonso leave."
Sirotkin's backers: We didn't want another year with Williams anyway (ESPN)
"We were unpleasantly surprised by the team's performance level at the start of the season, and the car's development rate also turned out to be not high enough."
Ferrari set to try 2019 concept wing in Abu Dhabi (Autosport)
"Ferrari has decided to create a bespoke wing for the Abu Dhabi weekend that should help it evaluate the impact of the changes being made for 2019."
Alonso refuses to rule out F1 return (Xinhua)
"I feel I need to recharge my batteries a bit next year, but in 2020, of course it can be a possibility to have a full season in IndyCar, a full season back in F1, or a full season in another series."
Listen to the Honey Badger (The Players' Tribune)
"I was hesitant, but the coach literally pushed me across the asphalt toward him. I walked over, looked the kid in the eye, shook his hand and wished him luck. His handshake was soft, and he looked like he had seen a ghost."
At Large: is F1 on the right track? (Blackbook Motorsport)
"Liberty aims to reignite a property whose image has been a little too readily defined in the recent past by technocracy and conspicuous, indiscriminate consumption. In industry terms, it has constructed a public-facing brand in the sport and entertainment space. Put more simply, it has asked what a potential fan – particularly a young one – would find exciting about Formula One."
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Comment of the day
There’s no doubting which was the most well-received story yesterday:
Super excited! Really, really happy for Robert Kubica. A bit disappointing for Ocon of course, but he’s honestly better off not getting into that car and just cruise around at the back. He will learn more being close to the top teams behind the scenes.
This will make for an interesting/difficult comparison. A rated but untested rookie vs a highly talented veteran with unknown current abilities. It’ll be interesting to see play out, but probably extremely difficult to draw comparisons.
This is definitely my new co-favorite pairing to watch alongside Vettel and leclerc. I’m a Ferrari fan at heart, but I’m literally smiling so huge about this news. Congratulations Kubica, absolutely amazing testament to your character.
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21 comments on “Alonso stands by decision to join McLaren-Honda”
23rd November 2018, 0:22
Is this the Daily Round-Up Denial Edition? 😏
Alonso: “No regrets over McLaren move”
Sirotkin’s backers: “We didn’t want that seat anyway”
23rd November 2018, 1:46
Agree with Alonso though.
I would have been millions richer had I taken some different decisions. But I would have been nine the wiser, and wondering ‘what ifs’ for the rest of my life.
23rd November 2018, 2:13
But it doesn’t jibe with the hissy fit he threw when he didn’t land the RBR seat this year either, does it? Asking RBR to apologize, etc.
23rd November 2018, 7:39
@phylyp That had nothing to do with regret though.
Jay Menon (@jaymenon10)
23rd November 2018, 1:01
Its become a bit of a recurring theme with media quizzing Alonso if he’d regretted his decisions in his career. Do they just want him to agree to the narrative they are pushing for?
The last 9 championships have been won by 3 drivers and 2 teams. If you weren’t contracted to those 2 teams, you are not winning. The fact is, Fernando was never contracted to either of those 2 teams in the last decade, so whats there to regret? If you were at the peak of your abilities as footballer and Real Madrid offered you a multi-year contract worth silly money, would you not take it?
Alonso has shouldered partial blame for happened at Mclaren in 07, he held his hands up and said he messed up. But everything since then has been quite sensible. In 2008, would any top level driver have joined Red Bull when they also had an offer from Ferrari? Considering that the drivers Red Bull had employed at the time were Coulthard and Webber (no disrespect to either) sorta says a bit. Going to Ferrari was the right thing to do, I doubt anyone would have done otherwise. Too bad Ferrari were rubbish at making quick cars.
If Andrew Benson’s series of articles are to be believed, Ferrari were pushing for Alonso to sign on for an extension. Although the divorce was quite messy, it was Alonso who decided to move on. Nobody would have expected the Honda era to be such a debacle, not even Honda and Mclaren themselves! At the end of the day, Alonso has just had rotten luck. He is to blame for some of his decisions, but generally its been pure rotten luck.
Oh, and Ferrari have still not won a championship since 07.
23rd November 2018, 6:27
Ferrari has not won a championship since 2008*
23rd November 2018, 14:08
24th November 2018, 1:58
Overall agree with that long comment, with one exception: alonso would’ve likely won 2017 and SURELY 2018 with the ferraris vettel had at his disposal, alonso’s ferraris were much worse.
But like he said, hard to know that finally, after 7 years (2010-2016) at ferrari with no chance of the title (or not good enough car to actually win it despite driving better than the opponent), they’d have made a competitive car the year after and even better the one after.
Overall I also think he’s been unlucky with team decisions, perhaps he isn’t a good development driver, a quality schumacher had that alonso may lack, but apart from that I think even in 2007 it was hamilton who started it all.
23rd November 2018, 4:39
Wow, was the article about Liberty written by Sean Bratches?
It’s tone and confidence in their ability seems to fly in the face of the many articles that have been written about their performance so far. Maybe they’re hoping it’ll give the share price a bump.
23rd November 2018, 6:12
BBC’s article about Alonso leaving Ferrari was quite a good read. It definitely gives a lot of insight in to what happened in 2014 behind the scenes. We all knew Fernando wanted a way out, but to see how Ferrari played the game was interesting as well.
Kind of funny how both parties ended up losing from that situation though. Alonso went to a disastrous McLaren Honda, and Ferrari ended up with a driver who can’t win them a championship even with the right tools.
23rd November 2018, 8:05
@todfod Yeah, it seems it hasn’t exactly worked out as intended for both parties. Something else to note is that Vettel was basically already looking for a way out of Red Bull just mere weeks or months after winning his fourth consecutive title with them. I guess he always wanted to go to Ferrari at all costs, and it was an emotional decision, perhaps more so than a rational one.
But what would have happened to Vettel had Alonso signed the extension to 2019 with Ferrari? Would he have stayed with Red Bull and risked his reputation up against Ricciardo once more, or would he have been the one to jump ship to McLaren-Honda?
23rd November 2018, 9:59
Who lost then? They weren’t winning before they split neither they are winning now, feels like is the same old business
24th November 2018, 1:59
Ferrari lost the last 2 years with a car that would’ve won with a top driver, at least 2018 is pretty obvious.
Steve Rogers (@yossarian)
23rd November 2018, 8:56
To any fans of Ricciardo do yourself a favour and read the Honey Badger article. It really captures his personality and helps explain why he made the decision to move to Renault.
23rd November 2018, 11:28
@yossarian – it really was a great read. He really sells a great message for kids to look up to; that you can be good at what you do and still have fun and be a good person. Too often the focus is on the ruthlessness and not the enjoyment. It’s true in normal jobs as much as Grand Prix drivers.
23rd November 2018, 13:00
I read it and everybody should read (fan or not fan of Daniel). Great piece.
23rd November 2018, 9:38
I agree with Alonso as well as the COTD.
– Interesting reading the column by Ricciardo.
23rd November 2018, 10:11
Glad F1 has changed to these cars, I look at that picture and the McLaren looks like an F3
Trayambak Chakravarty (@major-dev)
23rd November 2018, 11:13
What the hell does Alonso’s comment even mean I’m so confused honestly.
23rd November 2018, 14:17
In a nutshell he is saying his decision to go to McLaren wasn’t a bad one because it was an opportunity to drive for McLaren, the team he grew up idolizing as a child, and attempt to bring them back to prominence.
It was unfortunate it didn’t work out – not a bad decision.
23rd November 2018, 22:19
Alonso has no regrets. A regret would be like admitting a mistake, and Alonso makes no mistakes.
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