Alonso: Fans don’t really understand ‘99%’ of team radio

The Aston Martin driver has previously criticized F1 for posting comments about a driver without full context. Fernando Alonso does not take lightly what is said on the team’s radio, believing that most fans do not understand the broadcasts anyway. The Spaniard aimed for “classic FOM” when he radioed his team during the Japanese GP after a poor strategy call by the team.

   He was one of the first leaders to pit at Suzuka, meaning he fell further behind the leaders. That prompted him to remark on the band’s radio: “Can’t believe you threw me to the lions by giving me this early bomar.” Alonso made controversial comments over team radio, most notoriously the “GP2 engine”, referring to his McLaren’s Honda engine at the 2015 Suzuka race. Alonso: The fan doesn’t have a bigger picture Drivers have previously expressed frustration with the World Channel broadcaster for playing radio messages that can be taken out of context.

   Alonso believes this happened at Suzuka, explaining how fans don’t get the full picture when pre-race discussions with engineers take place in private. “I have no problem. Obviously it was difficult to get a point in Suzuka,” Alonso told media, including RacingNews365. – I even think [after Suzuka] said I was in traffic after the stop. “I was a little surprised because I don’t know what kind of negativity there is in this conversation with the team.

   Obviously you have no idea how the weekend will go, what meetings we have on Sunday morning. “Even on the grid, at the Suzuka grid discussion on Sunday, we said: “Don’t finish too early, because then with a lack of speed on the straights we will be stuck in traffic and stuck.’ “So when radio comes on, 99% of people don’t understand the maturity and sophistication of the commentary.”

   Hulkenberg: We all know the consequences Nico Hulkenberg believes it is part of F1’s “entertainment factor”, where drivers can get caught up in things in the heat of the moment but know the broadcaster can pick it up. “We all know that if you say something interesting, something valuable, it will get out,” Hulkenberg added. “So we know the consequences and we obviously manage it – we don’t have to say it.

   “But obviously sometimes in an excited or emotional moment, there’s an explosion or whatever. I think that’s good. You know, we compete, but at the end of the day, we’re also entertainment.”

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