|Alonso calls Honda's F1 engine as slow as a GP2 car, which makes Honda look inferior and tanks car sales. Audi would be nuts to enter into such a ludicrous race engine formula.|
McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says he is not impressed with the way that Fernando Alonso called Honda's engine performance as 'embarrassing and comparable to a GP2 engine' in the Japanese Grand Prix.
"I am getting passed down the straight like a GP2," said Alonso. "This is embarrassing, very embarrassing."
"I don't know," said the two-time champion. "There are still five races to go now. We need to improve the situation to make sure we are competitive and we are on top of our problems.
"There are a few areas we need to improve and the main priority now is to work on those.
"I think in Abu Dhabi we will not improve. The remaining races will be tough, but the next year is probably what we are looking for and my intention is to stay and win together."
When asked to respond to Alonso's comments, Dennis said: "I didn't hear that and I cannot make any comment. I don't know what he means by that comment.
"I spoke to him earlier today. He has a contract, he understands the contract and I am surprised."
"I am not going to condone those sorts of things, because it doesn't show the professionalism that I would like all our drivers to show," said Dennis.
"But he is in the car, he is frustrated and of course he has exposure to the technical staff.
"Maybe it was not a particularly constructive way to communicate with everyone at Honda, but the way for me to deal with drivers is either through their appropriate management channels, which is Eric [Boullier] or in certain circumstances myself.
"Whatever I choose to do, or however it is done, it remains a team matter, not a matter for the media."