Alonso: F1 could lose credibility
Ferrari driver worried unpredictable results could damage the sport
By William Esler. Last Updated: June 2, 2012 8:41am
Fernando Alonso says Formula 1 is in danger of losing its credibility after the unpredictable start to the 2012 season.
Mark Webber's victory in Monaco made history, as this became the first season in which the first six races were all won by different drivers.
Alonso's comments echo those of Jenson Button earlier this week when the McLaren driver expressed his concerns that the sheer randomness of the results could drive hardcore fans away from the sport.
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"It's a fantastic season, it's so unpredictable. I think people stand in front of the TV with some surprises every race. It's good for the audience, it's good for the sport to bring attention to the races," said the Spaniard told CNN.
"On the other hand we can lose credibility. We cannot lose that the best teams, the best drivers, the best strategies win the races, because at the moment from the outside it seems that in every race anyone can win.
"It doesn't matter the talent, it doesn't matter the team, the performance - it's like a lottery. What you achieve in Formula One is not by chance. We need to make clear that if you win a race, it's because you did something better. And I don't think at the moment that this is clear for everybody."
Few would have predicted that the double World Champion would be leading the standings after the first six rounds, given that Ferrari endured a nightmare pre-season.
Alonso admits they have struggled to get to grips with the F2012 and, despite the results, insists the car is still not where the Scuderia want it to be.
"We were not happy with the car at the beginning of the season. We were not rich with the expectations and the team tried to understand the problems as soon as possible and tried to make the changes," he added.
"They seemed to work but even if we are happy now with the position and with the points we achieved, we still know and are honest with ourselves knowing that we are not quick enough at the moment still. There is still plenty of work to do but we think a strong reaction is still to come from Ferrari."
"We changed mainly aerodynamics. Formula One is dominated by aerodynamics and we had some areas of the car that were not working exactly as they were designed, so we did some tweaks there.
"We changed some philosophies of working in the car and it started to work. But as I said it's not enough, we know that and we will keep doing upgrades to the car."