No Formula 1 team will be happy with 11 points and ninth in the constructors’ championship after the first half of the season, let alone one with eight teams’ titles and 12 drivers’ crowns.
But, while the 2017 F1 season has been very tough for McLaren, Alonso thinks – on the personal side – it’s been “very, very good”.
The two-time F1 champion thinks he’s driving one of his best seasons, his go-kart track is going well and he put in an amazing performance at the Indianapolis 500 (before an ironic Honda engine failure).
Reflecting on his first part of the F1 season so far, he’s quoted telling Autosport:
“As a team we can’t be happy with the season so far. We were making it into Q3 normally last year, ninth/10th was our average position whereas this year we struggled a bit more.
“On the personal side, it has been a very very good season for me. With the 2017 cars, I’m able to drive back again to my driving style, I feel much more competitive than the previous years, I’m feeling competitive out there on the track.
“I had the Indy 500 which was a nice experience, [my] go-kart circuit is going great, fantastic. So, it’s been a fantastic first half of the season.”
He’s certainly putting a positive spin on what’s been a very “GP2 engine, arghh” kind of season so far…