Honda says that it found nothing on its data to
suggest that Fernando Alonso had a problem with his engine when he
retired from the Belgian Grand Prix.
had endured a frustrating afternoon at Spa-Francorchamps, as he slipped
down the field thanks to a lack of straightline speed.
His unhappiness at the situation was highlighted in a series of radio
messages where he made clear that the lack of power he had was hard to
“Embarrassing, really embarrassing,” Alonso said on the radio at one
point. That was followed by “I really don’t care too much about the
gaps. This is just a test.”
After falling out of the points and towards the back of the field,
Alonso then asked the team about the possibility of any downpour before
the end of the race, which could have given him an opportunity to grab a
However, the team was quick to respond that there was no rain showing on the radar.
Shortly after that message, Alonso slowed and came in to the pits after reporting: “Engine problem. Engine problem.”
Honda has suggested, however, that there was nothing wrong with the
power unit, prompting conspiracy theories that Alonso had retired on
Honda F1 engine chief Yusuke Hasegawa said : “He radioed in with what
he thought was a problem with the car, and although there was nothing
showing in the data, we decided to stop the car as a precaution.”
Alonso remained adamant, however, that he had stopped because of a failure.
“For sure, is not easy to race like this, as you cannot have any good
wheel-to-wheel battles. It was a difficult afternoon and we were not
competitive in race trim.
“The car was too slow on the straights and it was impossible to have
any battles out there, so points were also impossible today. Eventually,
we had to stop due to an engine issue.”