By no means a crew destroyer : PlanetF1

Set to make his eighth profession transfer in Components 1 subsequent season when he leaves Alpine for Aston Martin, Eric Boullier says Fernando Alonso has a popularity as a “crew destroyer” that he doesn’t deserve.

With two World Championship titles and 32 race wins to his identify, Alonso is likely one of the most profitable drivers to have ever raced in Components 1.

He’s additionally one of many extra controversial given the drama that has appeared to observe him, most notably throughout his first season with McLaren when he clashed with Lewis Hamilton.

However, on the 15-year anniversary of their Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying squabble, his former crew boss Boullier says Alonso has a nasty popularity that’s undeserving.

“I don’t know why this popularity [as a disrupter] has grown,” quotes him as having advised GP Racing.

“He was by no means a crew destroyer.

“He has an actual crew spirit, however not at all times with the motive force on the opposite aspect of the storage.”

In line with Boullier, Alonso tackles his team-mates in two methods. They’re both a supply to work with, and have work for him, or they’re the enemy.

Fernando Alonso sticks his tongue out on the grid. Baku, June 2022.

“He works nicely in an setting the place he’s #1 and has a quantity 2 who can assist him, and so they can work collectively,” he continued.

“When he was with Jenson Button, they had been good sufficient to know and respect one another. With Stoffel, he might use Stoffel’s suggestions to his benefit, and that’s why the connection labored.”

“If he can’t use a driver for his profit that particular person turns into an enemy.”

“However”, the Frenchman continued, “I noticed him as one of the best crew builder of all time: he is a superb competitor, he’s centered on himself however he desires to incorporate everybody round him to win.”

The previous Renault crew boss was additionally filled with reward for the Spaniard’s work ethic.

“Fernando reads each element,” he stated. “He hides in his locker room within the motorhome, and also you would possibly assume he’s stress-free, however more often than not he’s working.

“He research the deterioration of the tyres of all of the rival automobiles round him from Friday follow, and on Sundays, he is aware of which opponents to struggle and which of them to maintain his distance from.

“Within the race, he absorbs much more element on the spectators’ screens and makes use of this data to realize a bonus. He’s extremely robust at strategic degree.

“He’s a type of drivers who understands all of the technical side of the automotive. He’s not an engineer, however he understands how the programs work and provides recommendation on make them work higher, with out making an attempt to revamp them himself; the distinction is small however vital.”

Alonso will race for Aston Martin subsequent season, the Spaniard surprising the paddock – and Alpine – when it was introduced on Monday morning.



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