LAST SEASON IN F1? Fernando Alonso could quit McLaren-Honda if the team doesn't start winning, says ex-team mate Felipe Massa Image: AFP / Greg Baker
MADRID, Spain - Fernando Alonso might decide to retire rather than keep struggling with McLaren-Honda.
That, at least, was the claim of the Spaniard's former Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa while speaking to UOL Esporte. He had been asked about Alonso's move from Ferrari just as the Italian team surged back to the front of the grid.
In contrast, 33-year-old Alonso is now helping to build up the new McLaren-Honda alliance, insisting that he is enjoying the process.
BETTER RESULTS NEEDED
"Our drivers are really committed," said team boss Eric Boullier. "They're world champions, they want to win again, they believe in the project, and they're pushing hard."
Massa, however, is not so sure Alonso has the patience to wait a long time for success. "Alonso is not an easy person," he was quoted as saying. "He needs results. He has a personality of wanting only to be in front.
"This year (2015) he will endure working with the team but if in 2016 things do not change, he could think again. I don't know what he would do - maybe end his career."
Massa said he had expected Honda to start its McLaren collaboration more competitively, given the behind-the-scenes work that went on through 2014. He added: "But it was also clear that it would not be easy for them. The new regulations are very complicated and it takes a bit of time, just as it did for Ferrari and Renault.
"Honda is a year behind those teams but they will improve and have a more competitive time in 2016."
Stay with Wheels24 for the 2015 Formula 1 season.