Sergio Perez says Alonso's 2018 schedule 'impossible'

Published on 06 Mar 2018 08:45

Sergio Perez thinks Fernando Alonso's racing schedule this year is nigh on "impossible" to manage. Alonso, having last year skipped Monaco to do the Indy 500, is this year combining the F1 calendar with the full world endurance championship including Le Mans.

"That's a really hectic programme," Force India driver Perez told El Mundo Deportivo. "With how busy we are, not only with races but also the simulator and everything else that we have to do, I think it's impossible to do," he added.

"You would have to find the perfect compromise with your calendar to achieve it, but I don't think you can do two seasons at once. Right now we have 21 races which requires a lot of commitment, so at this point in my career I would not consider it," Perez added. (GMM)

Replies (8)
DK BENNY DONKER 06 Mar 2018 11:41+1
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Well Checo, what Alonso is doing is exacty what real men seperates from boys like you!
US ajpennypacker 06 Mar 2018 18:300
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I still don't get why this sort of thing was so common in the past, and now when Alonso attempts it everyone acts as if he was crazy.
SE calle.itw 06 Mar 2018 20:090
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These are different conditions though. Remember: post-Schumacher F1 drivers live very different lives compared to what they live now. Its all about training, practicing and getting ready for the next GP.
SE calle.itw 06 Mar 2018 20:090
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US ajpennypacker 06 Mar 2018 22:220
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@calle agreed. But I think driving another high performance car would be de-facto training wouldn't it? I assume a lot of that time with WEC would have been time at the McLaren simulator. Whether it's better to be driving a WEC Toyota or practicing in the simulator... that's up for debate I guess.
SE calle.itw 07 Mar 2018 06:390
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It would be good training, but maybe not for F1. The F1 cars are supposedly very different to drive from e.g a GT car or a le mans car. See Button's comments on the Honda NSX-GT500 for a good example. It wouldnt surprise me if sim-training could very well be better training for F1 specificially. But racing in other series are probably still good for you. At the very least it will help you get a hold on a different series should you ever want to leave F1.
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Yes .... Alonso's schedule will be nuts. But if anyone can do it, likely to be him.
Seems I read somewhere that he doesn't spend much time in the simulator so no real loss there.
In the pre-Schumacher era, way before that, lots of drivers did multiple series, F1, F2, Sedans and Endurance, but then there were less than a dozen GPs so it was about staying sharp, having fun and making a living. They also didn't travel the world to get to races.
For the doubters ... enjoy it. Gonna be entertaining.
NL mclarenfan1968 08 Mar 2018 03:260
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Lol Mclaren reject and an F1 nobody gives opinions on a World class driver about their schedule. This moron definitely has a place right next to the bullshitters at SkySports F1

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