Alonso and Vandoorne hit with further penalties after engine change

Posted June 25, 2017

"It's a total waste and an absolute travesty that he's at the back of the grid, driving a auto that's uncompetitive", Webber explained to GPUpdate.net on Thursday when asked about the two-time world champion, who is being strongly linked with an end-of-season move after three years back at McLaren.

The Woking team came to Baku knowing that both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne would start at the back of the grid due to new Honda power unit elements, having notified the FIA of the changes on Monday evening. In contrast, McLaren's racing director Eric Boullier, sitting alongside Alonso, expressed his disappointment of witnessing both McLaren cars prop up the grid.

However, given that neither McLaren has recorded a top 10 finish so far in 2017, Alonso seemed destined to leave.

"In these kinds of grands prix, we need to try and finish the race, get some data for the team, and keep developing the vehicle".

Other than Renault, both Ferrari and Mercedes are understood to have expressed an interest in signing him, aware that there are few better pound-for-pound drivers available.

Fernando Alonso, who is a two-time world champion with McClaren, will have to make a decision on his career as his contract with the team is set to end at the end of this season and Fernando who won his last race four years ago and has revealed that he wants to get back to winning ways.

"That would be great for the sport", Hamilton added.

The team has placed extra emphasis on race performance, and with the weekend so far littered with incident, we're hopeful of making progress in what promises to be a long and eventful race around the streets of Baku.

We'll focus maybe a bit more on the race runs, and hopefully we can play a bit during the race.

Alonso and the Belgian rookie were already facing up to engine-related grid penalties worth 40 and 35 places respectively before qualifying began. "That is where he belongs".

"The deficit on the straight here is one of the highest on the calendar so we expect a tough weekend".