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GP Week : Issue 229
McLaren's fernando Alonso wasn't shy in letting his team know exactly how he felt during the Japanese Grand Prix. Having endured arguably the toughest season of his career to date, Alonso found himself falling through the field from the early part of the race, and took to the radio to vent his frustrations. The Spaniard branded the experience "embarrassing," and labelled his Honda power unit a "GP2 engine." “When you’re being overtaken like we are on the straight it’s very frustrating,” Alonso attempted to clarify post-race. "When you see the other guys in the corners, maybe they have more difficulties with the car, they are out of the racing line, they are braking late, they are doing mistakes, and even with that they keep overtaking you in the middle of the straight, not even the braking point," he continued. “So it’s frustrating and when we are in a group it’s even more. When we are alone, more or less, we enjoy driving, but when we are in a group it’s frustrating right now. “Days like today you feel embarrassed a little bit because it’s not possible that some of the guys overtake us like this." Despite that, and despite growing rumours that the two-time world champion is looking to move on from the team for next season, Alonso reaffirmed his commitment to the team. "This is the only thing that will challenge Mercedes in the near future," he asserted. "Right now is tough times because we don’t have the toys to fight with them but I think everyone is working very hard. This is a very positive thing, everyone is making sure that we know the problems, we go deep into the solutions that we will find for next year and we are working on that process.” His comments though didn't go passed team boss Ron Dennis, who confirmed he'd be having words with Alonso. “He’s a racing driver that needs to have the adrenalin and the passion and he vents his frustration," Dennis told Sky Sports F1. "I wouldn’t say it’s constructive but at the end of the day I’m not going to get too angry about it. I don’t condone it but I’m not going to criticise our drivers because they are pretty frustrated. I’ll sort it behind closed doors.” 28 GPWEEK.com // 28 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> JAPAN PARTNERS: Alonso blows up