Fernando, who couldn’t get into the pits during the second Safety Car, couldn’t believe it when he came back to the track and saw where he was
In radio messages with his engineer, the two-time champion makes clear his frustration and helplessness after losing all podium options
DAZN has compiled the conversation between Fernando Alonso and his track engineer during the Grand Prix of Canada, where the Spaniard, who started second on the grid and left without any chance in the race, showed his huge disappointment, which was also evident when he crossed the finish line at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in seventh position (he would finish ninth due to suspension) banging the steering wheel furiously of his Alpine.
🔴 #VIDEO A clean punch with his steering wheel: this is how an angry and frustrated Alonso ended the race https://t.co/u5L5Foa1oo
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Carlos Sainz and Alonso were leading the race when the second virtual safety car came out, caused by Mick Schumacher’s retirement on lap 20. Alpine did not prevent Alonsowhile his partner Stephen Ocon he had changed tires just one lap before, on lap 19. Fernando and Carlos were caught up in the situation just after entering the Pit-Lane and while the Madrilenian was still able to complete the lap and stop, Fernando didn’t give him time.
In the conversation, just before the first stop, you can see how the engineer explains to Alonso that if they stopped when they planned, they would finish fifth ahead Or with. Not satisfied, the Asturian says he can’t wait that long because lap after lap he feels like he’s wasting time. Here is the complete radio of the moment:
Engineer“Right now, in our stoppage window, we would come out of the pits fifth ahead of Esteban. We would come back four seconds ahead of Esteban. His last lap was…”.
Alonso“We’re going to waste a lot of time! We’re going to waste a lot of time with these cars! So think about it.”
Engineer: “It’s understood”.
Fernando he eventually stopped on lap 28, eight laps from the virtual safety car. When his engineer informed him of the race situation after his pit stop, the the double champion explodes
It was Fernando Alonso’s radio with his engineer after being forced to stop with a green flag 💬
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Engineer: “Bottas is late on hard tyres, he hasn’t stopped yet. Leclerc is in front, also on hard tyres, and hasn’t stopped. He complained about the grip. In front of Leclerc is Esteban, at nine tire laps.”
Alonso: “Incredible, incredible.”