Alonso fed up with ‘very boring’ F1 press conferences

Date published: November 17 2021 - Henry Valantine

Fernando Alonso addresses the media. Sao Paulo November 2021.

Fernando Alonso has spoken out against the “very repetitive” nature of Formula 1 press conferences, given the amount of media work the drivers do.

The Thursday before a race weekend is the traditional ‘media day’ when every driver gives interviews for written and broadcast media from around the world.

On top of that, the drivers are interviewed after each session as the weekend unfolds, with their most up-to-date thoughts alongside different pieces of news emerging as the days progress.

And with the questions being similar from the majority of news outlets, which are often in reaction to the big stories of the week or asking for his thoughts on how his own team is performing, Alonso feels like he is running out of words to say – especially as he is not in the hunt for the World Championship.

“It’s very, very repetitive,” said Alonso, quoted by Motorsport-Total. “It’s not directed against you. It’s just that Formula 1 is very open to the media.

“We do a press conference on Thursday, Friday, Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, on Friday at the drivers’ parade, on Sunday at the drivers’ parade and on Sunday after the race. And there’s nothing to say really.

“In principle, we can make the same statements for Qatar, for Jeddah and Abu Dhabi. I think the most interesting thing is the title fight with Hamilton and Verstappen.

“Everything else is very, very boring, very repetitive.”

Fernando Alonso at the Mexican Grand Prix. Mexico City November 2021.

On his and his team’s own performance, Alonso said he hopes to temper expectations for the remaining races of the season, given the messages he has received about his fans’ lofty ambitions for the rest of the year.

But despite the lack of running at the sharp end of the field, the Alpine driver said he hopes to use the final weekends to garner as much information as possible to take into next season and try to win the tight race for a P5 finish in the Constructors’ Championship against AlphaTauri.

“I understand the fans at home, or my fans, because I’ve read some things that said ‘on the podium in Qatar’ or ‘it’s podium time in Qatar’. And you would like to answer ‘no, there is no podium’,” said the double former World Champion.

“We’ve done so many races and we’ve finished eighth sometimes, ninth sometimes. It will be no different in the last three races. I’m sorry to say that.

 

“Of course, a lot more than that happens. We still have a lot to do with the team and we are learning a lot of things for next year.

“We are also testing some things in the organisation for next year. So it’s very interesting races for us in this last part of the World Championship. But we’ll keep that to ourselves.”