McLaren drivers on podium at last – but only joking

McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button stepped onto the Method One podium for the primary time this season on Saturday — However best in jest after yet any other qualifying nightmare in Brazil.

Neither of the two former world champions made it in the course of the opening segment at Interlagos, with Spaniard Alonso informed with the aid of the crew to tug over sooner than he had even obtained a timed lap under his belt.

“No power,” he mentioned, ahead of parking on the grass.

Alonso had spent so much of Friday afternoon observing from the barriers after a equivalent failure in observe and on Saturday he made himself more comfortable.

Lying back in a foldable picnic chair, toes resting on his helmet, he winked theatrically at a tv digicam and soaked up some afternoon sun.

“I want to be a little bit more ready next time in Abu Dhabi (the ultimate race of the season in two weeks’ time), take the phone and the sun tanning (lotion) or one thing,” Alonso instructed the BBC. “It used to be somewhat sizzling in the market.”

When the session used to be over, the two drivers — who gained their titles in Brazil with Renault and Brawn respectively — drew a roar from the group when they sneaked onto the podium for previous occasions’ sake.

“We passed that close to the rostrum, Jenson and me, and we said we will be able to no longer be that close to any extent further this 12 months and we took an image at the least,” stated Alonso.

“Jokes apart, I Think it has been an awfully irritating weekend with two engine disasters. I did not take part within the race in Mexico, I didn’t participate in qualifying right here…

“So Long As we study from all these problems that we are having this 12 months and not repeat them to any extent further next 12 months, it’s good However no doubt it’s tricky at the moment.”

Alonso, some of the quickest and most extremely paid drivers in Formula One, has scored simply Eleven factors in 17 races as McLaren’s first 12 months of a new partnership with Honda has delivered the crew’s worst ever season.

Button has scored simplest five factors greater than the Spaniard, each men hampered by common engine disasters and an absence of efficiency from a power unit that Honda can do little to reinforce except the season is over.

From 18 qualifying periods, each McLarens have didn’t make it thru to the 2nd section in eight of them.

(Reporting by Alan Stanley Baldwin, modifying by Pritha Sarkar)

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