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- Updated: February 6, 2018
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are reportedly far from happy with Fernando Alonso’s decision to race in other series.
Alonso has been left frustrated after three years of utter frustration at McLaren, where their misfiring Honda engine has seen him fail to win a single Grand Prix.
He famously even skipped last year’s Monaco Grand Prix to race in the famous Indy 500, in a bid to achieve motor sport’s so-called “Triple Crown”.
While the Spaniard, who will now be driving with the help of a Renault engine in 2018, is not set to miss any more races from the 2018 calendar, he will participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 16-17.
This decision has obviously excited race fans around the world, but according to one Spanish outlet, Hamilton and Vettel are privately disappointed with the decision.
Meanwhile, Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen and Kevin Magnussen are also far from happy with Alonso’s decision, as they believe he is running away from the difficulties of his manufacturer.
McLaren, on their part, have stuck to their guns over the decision to let Alonso race elsewhere with team boss Zak Brown insisting the team are “racers” through and through and that he would rather Alonso were racing on a weekend without an F1 race than anything else.
“Fernando sits around on Friday night, thinking about next weekend,” Brown said.
“My texts with him on Friday and Saturday are not about him being out and about with his buddies: he’s thinking about racing.
“I think that’s what separates him from most.
“If you look at the world’s greatest drivers, that’s what he’s got in common with them.
“Schumacher’s preparation was second to none. Senna’s preparation was second to none. And Fernando has that quality about him.”