Alonso and Button Come To Blows Over Fuel Ban
Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button have come to blows over the new fuel ban, with Alonso saying it will destroy the sport while Button believes it is a needed change.
Alonso, the 2005 and 2006 world champion said that he believes the racing level will not improve at all, and there will be no more overtaking. Fernando suggested there may actually be less overtaking than before as drivers outside the top 4 had no realistic chance of winning with all of the fuel on board.
“If you start among the top two or three that will be fundamental to win the race, otherwise it is almost impossible,” he said. “With the old rules you could be fifth or sixth at the start and know you had a chance with the strategy. Now if the strategy is the same and you are fifth or sixth you have very few chances.
“Previously we had to take all of the opportunities to overtake in Formula One, so we know how difficult it is. This year we will have to continue to seize all the opportunities to overtake, and I think that with no refuelling and without knowing anything about the strategy, qualifying will be even more important than it used to be.”
However, speaking at the McLaren launch the current reigning World Champion Jenson Button dismissed Alonso’s claims.
“I don’t agree with Alonso,” he said.
“I think there will still be passing, don’t forget we still have the tyre stops and new tyres could be worth two seconds a lap.”