Watson: Alonso should use exit strategy Former grand prix driver John Watson believes Fernando Alonso would be wise to leave McLaren after just one season.
Relations between Alonso and teammate Lewis Hamilton reached their lowest ebb at the Hungarian Grand Prix earlier this month when Hamilton ignored a team instruction to allow Alonso past in third qualifying.
Alonso responded by holding up the Briton in the pits, thereby denying championship leader Hamilton a final shot at pole position.
So bad has the situation become that speculation has been rife in the F1 paddock that Alonso may choose to duck out of his three-year deal with McLaren at the end of just one season, and Watson believes that might be the best solution for all concerned.
Watson, a five-time grand prix winner who now commentates on the A1GP series for Sky Sports, told PA Sport: “Alonso has two years left on his contract but you have to think that Lewis is only going to get better.
“If there’s an exit strategy for Alonso, should he so choose to do, then that might be his best option.
“It equally might be the best option for McLaren. The last thing you want is to have the lunatics take over the asylum, and that’s what happened in Hungary. And that’s not how a team should be.”
Watson believes that Alonso has a slender advantage over Hamilton heading into the final five races of the season.
Ulsterman Watson cites Hamilton’s lack of track knowledge at three of the remaining races as a chink in the Briton’s armor. Evening Echo
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