Fernando Alonso left frustrated ‘all winter’ as Aston Martin ace hits out at F1 bosses | F1 | Sport

Fernando Alonso has revealed that he has been thinking about the limited pre-season testing afforded to drivers throughout the winter. The two-time world champion has called on F1 to allow teams to field both cars on all three days of the testing sessions.

Under the current F1 testing regulations, teams are afforded three days on track at the Sakhir International Circuit, although each team is only allowed to have one driver on the circuit at any given time. 

Pre-season testing previously consisted of two four-day sessions that were conducted at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. However, recently this has been trimmed down to a single three-day test, held at the site of the season opener in Bahrain.

Offering his thoughts on the current system, Alonso said: “We have a very limited testing in Bahrain. I’ve been thinking all winter about this, how unfair it is that we only have one day and a half to prepare [for] a world championship.

“There is no other sport in the world, with all the money involved and with all the marketing and the good things that we say about Formula 1 and being closer and closer to the fans. I cannot understand why we then go to Bahrain for four days, which could be two and two for the drivers. 

“If you go to three, which is not even, which is an odd number, you cannot divide between the drivers. And I don’t know why we don’t go with two cars. Because we are already in Bahrain and we race the following week.”

Despite Alonso’s frustrations over pre-season testing, there is plenty for the 42-year-old to be excited about ahead of the 2024 season. The Spaniard has been heavily linked with taking over from Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes in a move that would potentially give him a stronger shot at returning to race-winning contention.

Addressing the speculation after the launch of the AMR24, Alonso said: “We built a lot of things together, we have this new facility here, we have everything to succeed for the future. I trust this project.

“So that will be my first priority when I say that I want to speak first with Aston Martin because I feel part of this project very much. If we cannot reach an agreement, and I want to commit to race in F1, I know that I have a privileged position.

“I’m probably attractive to other teams, the performance that they saw last year, the commitment. There are only three world champions on the grid. And there is only one available.”

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