Alonso rips into Honda over radio at Suzuka (VIDEO)

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The fortunes of McLaren and Honda in 2015 hit a new low during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso ripped into the team’s power unit over his radio.

Since rejoining forces with Honda at the beginning of the season, McLaren has been blighted by countless issues with the power unit that has limited the team to just four points finishes in 14 races so far this year.

The Japanese Grand Prix weekend was an important one for both McLaren and Honda, being the latter’s home event with plenty of corporate presence.

After making a good start and working his way up to P9 by the end of the first lap, Alonso began to drop back and was easily passed, prompting him to launch into a tirade over the radio and calling it “very embarrassing”.

Later in the race, Alonso was passed by Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen, which once again irked the Spaniard.

“GP2 engine, GP2. Aaaaargh!” he cried over the radio, comparing his Honda power unit to those used by F1’s junior series.

Alonso eventually finished the race in 11th place, but his radio comments at Honda’s home race were the main talking point as the cracks continue to show at McLaren.

After the race, Alonso spoke about his embarrassment and frustration as he continues to toil away with the McLaren-Honda MP4-30 car.

This outburst has come on the same weekend as speculation about Alonso’s future with McLaren has emerged after former manager Flavio Briatore suggested the Spaniard could leave at the end of the season.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday at Suzuka, Alonso quashed these rumors by affirming his belief that McLaren can return to winning ways in partnership with Honda.

“I am in this project because I trust this project and I think McLaren with the potential and Honda with the potential,” Alonso said. “Both companies have. It is just a matter of time before they will win again.”

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.