Monaco snub disrespects F1
The circus surrounding Fernando Alonso skipping the Monaco GP in favour of the Indy 500 is a sad indictment of the state of affairs in which he, McLaren and Honda, now find themselves. Nor is it good for the sport.
F1 is cyclical, in terms of who is on top; it always has been and always will be. A change in regulations allows for that cycle to be broken and provides an opportunity to steal a march on the opposition, but the whole McLaren-Honda F1 project was always doomed to failure, because the decision to enter part-way through the hybrid era has left them playing constant catch up.
The decision to go to America does them little credit either. In the past, the ‘triple crown’ was high on the list of personal ambitions and probably still is. But it takes something away from the spectacle of F1, the pinnacle of motorsport, to not have one of its star drivers competing at its blue riband event.
While there may be a like-for-like replacement, I’m not sure that as paying fans we should be happy to have drivers picking and choosing what grands prix they wish to enter, especially when I have particularly wanted to watch them.
Who exactly is calling the shots here? I know who it should be – and that is the team, not the driver. Michael Brierley Manchester, UK