Rather than figuring out their problem and focusing on solving it, McLaren seem to be more interested in keeping one particular employee happy. At all costs.
Fernando Alonso is one of the most eloquent speakers in Formula One and one of the best at interacting with the media. But he can also use these opportunities to cultivate certain narratives. Four of his statements during the French Grand Prix weekend — one of the most miserable weekends McLaren has endured in recent years — were perfect examples.
It’s a shame, but this article is bang-on, and it needed to be said.
I am a huge admirer of Fernando Alonso. He is one of the few drivers whose driving is so expressive that it actually comes across on TV.
It is a complete tragedy that he only has two world championships, despite probably being the best driver on the grid. And yet it is probably entirely of his own doing.
In that context, you can understand Alonso’s desire to talk himself up. But it is also transparent, and more than a little bit sad.
The possibility seems remote for the time being. But it did instantly tickle a part of my brain. If Räikkönen were to go to McLaren next year, then for whatever reason decide to end his career at Sauber, he would have a palindromic career. In other words, he will have worked his way back through each of the teams he has driven for, in reverse order.
The F1 teams he has driven for in order are:
Has any driver actually done this before?
I didn’t know that this was the most-watched Formula 1 race in history. As this article points out, it seems unlikely at this stage that this record will ever be beaten.
I was struck that this happened the very year before CVC Capital Partners bought their stake in F1. 🤔
They made it their business not to invest in the sport (quite the opposite, in fact). F1’s slow decline began then.
The Monaco Grand Prix wasn't as dull as most people are saying. Certain media outlets are simply failing to tell the story.
I really enjoyed this look back by veteran F1 journalist Dieter Rencken, who has been covering the sport since 1997.
I was particularly struck by his observations on how the costs of running a team have evolved over that time.
[In 1997] No fewer than seven [engine manufacturers] – Ferrari, Ford, Hart, Mercedes, Mugen, Renault and Yamaha – were represented, with engines then typically costing up to $40m for a season supply. Against that, budgets peaked at around $80m, so engines accounted for 50 per cent of spend.
2018 budgets run to $300m (plus), with engines pegged at around $25m, yet team bosses complain the power units are too expensive… while kicking against budget caps!
This seems like a bit of a dick move from Formula 1.
It doesn’t mean F1 is going to go about suing Australian drivers from other categories indulging in sock juice, but it does mean that anyone selling Shoey-themed drinking vessels could be slapped with a strongly-worded ‘stop-what-you’re-doing-or-else’ letter from Liberty Media.
…But when Ricciardo retires, or races in a different category, won’t it seem absurd that the celebration he made famous is trademarked by Formula 1? And not Ricciardo, nor even the Mad Hueys who originally came up with it?
McLaren and Williams have yet again had a difficult start to a season, reflecting a lack of performance for both teams that can be traced back 15 years. But while McLaren attract the headlines, the situation for Williams seems more dire.
Red jackets with dark slacks was the required uniform for the couple of hundred children sitting mesmerised in front of Senna. What was a living, breathing Brazilian racing driver doing here, in Musselburgh, of all places?
It would have been easy to point the finger and throw the poor mechanic under the bus. But I was very impressed with two aspects of the Haas team's response.
The response I got from the teams was varied and telling. In many ways, the character of each team shone through in how they responded.
It’s great to see this clip of Henry Hope-Frost on You Bet.
He may have thought then that his obscure knowledge would be of absolutely no use. But it certainly came in handy when he later became one of the top motorsport journalists.
There aren’t nearly enough clips of You Bet on YouTube. I remember one contestant who was able to tell a piece of music that was being played backwards just by seeing a candle flickering in front of the speaker.
It’s extraordinary to think that this kind of geeky talent passed for Saturday night ITV entertainment in the 1990s.
Henry Hope-Frost’s untimely death traveling home from the job he loved earlier this month was tragic. This clip is a demonstration of pure fever.
People often complain that Formula 1 drivers are boring PR machines, stifled by their press officers, incapable of saying or doing anything interesting. I have come to realise that this couldn't be further from the truth.
Formula 1 have announced their online streaming service. But thanks to one short-sighted decision, it won't be available to UK fans until 2025.
Innuendo about the difficulty of working with Japanese firms constantly surrounds Honda. But perhaps the pragmatic Toro Rosso team can make the relationship work.
I joined on July 17 at 9am, and the meeting [about Honda] was at 10am.
That’s what you call getting on with the job.
The motorsport media landscape is becoming a closed circle. But two long-running F1 websites are fighting back to fly the flag for independent publishing.
The worst car I ever drove -- Lapped dog What happens when you get your dream drive in Formula 1 -- only for it to become a nightmare. Julian Bailey on the Tyrrell 017. I climbed in and they fired it up. Just as they did that the right hand mirror fell off.. From the…
The new owners of Formula 1 have controversially replaced the sport’s iconic logo. The relaunch feels confused, for a pile of reasons.
It’s worth reading the full transcript of Lewis Hamilton’s press conference following his championship victory on Sunday
It's worth reading the full transcript of Lewis Hamilton's press conference following his championship victory on Sunday (scroll down to about halfway down the page to see "Questions to Lewis Hamilton"). As noted by Andrew Benson, his answers are long, in-depth, and provide an interesting insight into the mindset that has seen him step up…
This was meant to be Ferrari's best chance to win the championship in a decade. But when their challenge went south in the east, events pointed to a nasty culture developing in the team.
Murray Walker's reaction is priceless!
Stewarding in F1 has improved markedly in the past year, with the FIA having vowed to take a more lenient line on minor indiscretions. That makes this week's controversy surrounding Max Verstappen's penalty at the US Grand Prix feel like a blast from the past.
Red Bull have been unprepared for Carlos Sainz's departure, even though it has been telegraphed for months. For all the hype, Red Bull's driver programme is remarkably thin on F1 talent.
I think of Sepang as the first modern Formula 1 circuit. It heralded a new direction for the sport. Malaysia's decision shows that the bubble might be bursting.
The Indy 500 was a thrilling spectacle. But its history holds a cautionary tale for Formula 1, which faces a crossroads.
There were always so many questions you could ask about Damon Hill. His autobiography provides insight into some of those mysteries. But it deepens others.
In an era where TV viewership is declining as a whole, TV-centric sports like football, NFL and F1 are at risk of becoming irrelevant.
It has not been an exciting season. But there were a few things that caught my attention -- and some mysteries surrounding certain drivers.
After weeks of rumours, it was today announced that the BBC will be exiting its F1 contract three years early. The move is a blow to fans of the sport, who have benefited from a golden era of coverage. But if anyone can breathe new life into F1 it is Channel 4.
The new Formula1.com has brought great new live timing functionality. But the user experience could be improved. Find out how you can improve it yourself in time for the Australian Grand Prix.
The Formula 1 season starts this weekend. And whether you choose to watch the race on Sky or the BBC, there is one thing we can all agree on: thank goodness we don't have to watch it on ITV any more.
Before this year I thought Lewis Hamilton may never win a second championship. But having triumphed in an intense season, he deserves the double.
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
Intrigue surrounds the future plans of Fernando Alonso. He says in retrospect his decision will be seen as "obvious". Is the obvious choice to remain with Ferrari -- in a three car team?
I can only express my shock and sadness about the accident during yesterday's Japanese Grand Prix. I have little insight to offer. I am not a motorsport safety expert, nor a medic. But like any motorsport fan I have an opinion and I do have some concerns.
BBC Radio 5 Live's Formula 1 coverage may lack the pictures, but it still keeps you on the edge of your seat.
There was a very new look to the podium for the first race of the new look Formula 1 for 2014. The two podium newcomers came from Formula Renault 3.5. Two of the other stars of the race came from GP3. So what is the point of GP2?
The returning McLaren boss speaks out about the challenges facing his team.
The relationship between Kimi Räikkönen and Lotus F1 Team has become strained, and the race results have been getting worse. Has his signing for Ferrari had anything to do with it?
The world knows that Sebastian Vettel is the 2013 Formula 1 World Champion. So why don't the fans get to see him collect his trophy?
In a surprise announcement, Scuderia Toro Rosso have announced Daniil Kvyat as their new race driver for 2014. Is Kvyat really more qualified than his fellow Red Bull Junior Team drivers?
There are many people who reject the idea that Sebastian Vettel's phenomenal success might be down to talent or skill. Most of these explanations are bunk.