Alonso denies he’s a ‘ticking bomb’


Fernando Alonso has refuted Mark Webber's claims that he is "ticking bomb" waiting to go off as McLaren's troubles continue.

The double World Champion had an interesting final weekend of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Hampered by a puncture in qualifying and a collision at the start of the race which was followed by a drive-through penalty, he also had to deny reports that he could take a sabbatical in 2016.

But while Alonso is saying no, former F1 driver Webber says it could be possible if McLaren-Honda fail to improve at the start of next year's pre-season testing.

"I think he is a ticking bomb," Webber told the BBC. "I think give him two or three days in the car and if the car is uncompetitive I think he'll have a year off."

A day later, speaking to Reuters, he reiterated his belief.

"He is," said the Aussie. "That's his style, we've seen it. That's why we love him. You never know what's coming round the bend.

"He's his own man, he's doing his own thing … but we've seen him already this year boil over to a degree. I think winter testing will be interesting."

Alonso, though, disagrees saying he has been calm throughout this season even finding the positive on wretched weekends.

"I don't think so. I know I am aware of the situation, and there has been some frustration in some of the races this year," said the Spaniard.

"But I have been always very calm, and very positive. And not just this year, but also the last seven or eight years. Sometimes in dramatic races, losing the championship with strategic mistakes in the last race, I was never a bomb.

"Other people throwing their cup [trophy] on the podium are more a bomb than me. But people always say something about me because they remember me, even in the close season."

As for whether or not he'll be racing in 2016, the double World Champion said: "I will be racing, 100 per cent."