Alonso frustrated with lack of testing opportunities – Dennis


McLaren Team Principal Ron Dennis believes Fernando Alonso is frustrated that the testing limitations in Formula 1 are handicapping the McLaren-Honda team in 2015.

Alonso admitted that he has considered his future in the sport and has thought about racing in other series, after only finishing in the points on two occasions this season, but Dennis feels that the team have been hindered by the lack of opportunity to test that would be beneficial to them to become more competitive.

“I think Fernando shares my frustration – which is not being able to test when you are not competitive,” said Dennis. “It is such a huge handicap.

“It is much more difficult to improve both the performance of the engine and the performance of the car [without testing]. And it actually doesn’t save money as we have to bring developments to the cars in quantities without proving it out.

“We don’t always get it right, and when we don’t get it right, we waste money. So it is a false economy. It is more about hampering the performance of the larger teams than it is about really saving money: it doesn’t save anybody money but the smaller teams.

“That isn’t what F1 is about. F1 is about competition, not about handicapping. And perversely the biggest handicap in F1 is no testing.”

  • delboy1972

    I agree all teams need to test to try and catch up to Merc.How are they supposed to improve and catch up with out testing if teams cannot afford to test they should not be in F1. if you are lucky enough to start the season with a good package you will do well through the season if not the reg’s don’t give you alot of chance to improve