Alonso: Lack of power was 'amazing'
12 November 2017 – McLaren's Fernando Alonso labelled Honda's lack of straight-line speed as "amazing" and says the situation is "quite worrying" for Toro Rosso, after he finished eighth at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
Alonso moved up to fifth position on the opening lap at Interlagos but was overhauled by Felipe Massa along the pit straight, following an early Safety Car period.
Both Massa and Alonso dropped behind the recovering Lewis Hamilton and Daniel Ricciardo, as the pair embarked on a race-long scrap for what turned out to be seventh.
Alonso remained within a few seconds of Massa throughout, but was unable to pass the Williams driver, and in turn only narrowly preserved eighth against the charging Sergio Pérez.
Alonso once more issued a critique of Honda, which will power Toro Rosso next year, in the wake of McLaren's decision to switch to Renault.
"We had a fantastic car all the race through but we could not overtake," said Alonso.
"The lack of power was amazing, the same in Mexico.
"I was very close to Felipe out of the last corner a few times and thought, 'now is the time I will pass him', but even with DRS he was pulling away.
"The lack of power is quite worrying for Toro Rosso next year."
Alonso was nonetheless encouraged by McLaren's pace throughout the weekend.
"For us, it's a happy weekend," said Alonso.
"We started sixth, were fifth in the first corner, and then we finished in the points... overall the best weekend so far and I'm quite happy.
"Renault is the best engine company in the last 15 or 20 years, so I think we should not worry."
Stoffel Vandoorne retired on the opening lap after making contact with Kevin Magnussen.