BelgianGP: A Honda disaster

From a promising start where Fernando jumped from 10th to 7th, to yet another Honda emberrassment, as the car can’t keep up with anyone else on the straight and Fernando has to retire 19 laps before seeing the chequered flag.

“In general, it’s been a good weekend. We played a good team game in qualifying, we had a great start – taking the outside lane was the right decision – and we were seventh after the first lap. It was fun for the first three or four laps! Then we tried to defend our position, but in the middle of the straights some cars passed us without even activating the DRS.

“For sure, is not easy to race like this, as you cannot have any good wheel-to-wheel battles. It was a difficult afternoon and we were not competitive in race trim. The car was too slow on the straights and it was impossible to have any battles out there, so points were also impossible today.

“Eventually, we had to stop due to an engine issue.

“The situation is what it is and we need to improve it as soon as we can. I know the team is working day and night improving the car, and we hope we can see the results soon.”

Formula 1 2017 Belgian Grand Prix Race Results
# Driver Team Time Points
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:24:42.820 25
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +2.358s 18
3. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing +10.791s 15
4. Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +14.471s 12
5. Valtteri Bottas Mercedes +16.456s 10
6. Nico Hulkenberg Renault +28.087s 8
7. Romain Grosjean Haas +31.553s 6
8. Felipe Massa Williams +36.649s 4
9. Esteban Ocon Force India +38.154s 2
10. Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso +39.447s 1
NC Fernando Alonso McLaren +19L 0
Fernando’s great race start helped him from 10th to 7th, but it wasn’t enough.
 
 All broadcasted radio communication between Fernando Alonso & Mark Temple from the Belgian GP 2017 weekend.
Listen to what Fernando had to say after his early race end.