Nico Rosberg: Fernando Alonso only to blame for bad career choices
Reigning world champion Nico Rosberg says Fernando Alonso can only blame himself for his career decisions, which have seen the Spaniard unable to secure another world championship following his two triumphs at Renault more than ten years ago.
Alonso often finds himself in the right place at the wrong time. He left McLaren after the 2007 season, whilst team-mate Lewis Hamilton went on to secure championship success the following year. In 2010 he joined Ferrari and finished 3rd on three occasions, runner-up in 2012 and then 4th in his final season with the team before leaving for McLaren.
He's spent the last three years at the back of the grid with the Woking team and has hinted at leaving, but it's expected he will remain following McLaren's switch to Renault power next season. Only time will tell if that's the right move.
But Rosberg says it's not down to "bad luck", insisting a top driver knows where they need to be to win.
"It's not bad luck," said Rosberg. "It's not bad luck when you choose the wrong teams to be at, because that's all part of being a top driver.
"You can be the best driver in the world, but you won't win in a bad car."
Rosberg insists Alonso's only option now is to stick it out with McLaren, particularly as no other top seats are available, and says a Le Mans attempt wouldn't offer enough of a challenge.
"It's [McLaren] his only option," before adding, "It's [endurance racing] not Formula 1 – and Formula 1 is the maximum."