Alonso denies any role in McLaren management changes

McLaren chief QUITS: F1 team undergo drastic overhaul after poor 2018 season

McLaren chief QUITS: F1 team undergo drastic overhaul after poor 2018 season

Chief executive Zak Brown said their current problems were "systemic and structural, which require major change from within".

Zak Brown said, "The performance of the MCL33 in 2018 has not met the expectations of anyone at McLaren, especially our loyal fans".

Sauber's Q3 appearance continued a strong recent run of form and Alonso thinks the Swiss outfit is now in a similar position to Haas in the midfield.

Eric Boullier resigned from his position as racing director on Tuesday, with Andrea Stella becoming performance director and Gil de Ferran named as sporting director.

"So we have identified an area in which our vehicle this year is weaker than last year's auto".


"I wasn't consulted, I was informed about all the changes and all the new possibilities, as Stoffel had been informed". He likes the McLaren environment and he obviously believes in us because he had the chance to leave this year but chose to stay and I believe he wants to be here long term. I don't know if that's two or 10, or somewhere in-between. So I fully trust whatever decision. "Moving forward, the most important thing is to improve the vehicle and be more competitive and hopefully from this weekend we'll see a step forward".

"Moving forward the most important thing is to improve the vehicle and be more competitive and hopefully from this weekend we'll see a step forward".

Although distancing himself from having any influence in the changes, Alonso says the importance of his experience has only grown at any of the teams he has raced. So I think in that aspect it has always been like that in a way. "It has not enabled them to make decisions quickly enough, I think sometimes there is an appropriate time for decision by committee and then I think there are also times when it should be decisions by individuals, and at times our decision making process and the speed in which we make decisions get gridlocked".

"We're in a pretty big fight for fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh - all the teams are very close there", said Brown. "We'll start from the clean side of the track with a good chance to score points, as I said".

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