Fernando Alonso tired of ‘very, very boring’ F1 press conferences
Fernando Alonso has mocked the constant expectation of Formula 1 drivers to offer soundbites to the media, explaining that not much changes from day to day as they prepare for each Grand Prix.
The 2021 season has seen plenty of interest in terms of battling for the Drivers’ Championship, with Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen switching positions at the top on more than one occasion and battling it out on the track with consistency.
But beyond that, it’s more or less the same for the rest of the racers, believes Alonso, who pointed out that a similar approach, similar ranking and similar goals for the rest of F1 meant that the constant question and answer sessions he had faced.
“It’s very, very repetitive,” Alonso said, as quoted by Motorsport-Total.
“It’s not directed at you [the journalists]. It’s just that Formula 1 is very open to the media. We do a press conference on Thursday, Friday, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, Friday at the drivers’ parade, Sunday at the drivers’ parade and Sunday after the race. And there’s really nothing to say.
“In principle, we can make the same statements for Qatar, for Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. I think the most interesting thing is the title fight with Hamilton and Verstappen.
“Everything else is very, very boring, very repetitive.”
Driving for Alpine this season, Alonso collected 62 points to finish 10th in the drivers standings.
He failed to add to his total of 97 career podiums, however, with fourth in Hungary being his best and eight of this season’s races seeing him finish between eighth and 10th – and despite calls from supporters who argue to get a top. -three finishes, he just expects more of the same on and off the track.
“I understand the home fans, or my fans, because I read things that said ‘on the podium in Qatar’ or ‘it’s time for the podium in Qatar’. And you would like to answer ‘no, there’s no podium’? We’ve done so many races and sometimes we’ve finished eighth, sometimes ninth. It won’t be any different in the last three races. I’m sorry to say that.
“Of course, there is a lot more going on than that. We still have a lot to do with the team and we are learning a lot for next year.
“We are also testing some things in the organization for next year. So these are very interesting races for us in this last part of the World Championship. But we will keep that to ourselves.