Minardi: Herbert's Alonso comments nonsense


Giancarlo Minardi has hit out at Johnny Herbert after the Sky Sports pundit called for former Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso to retire.

Minardi - founder and managing director of the now defunct F1 team Minardi - said Alonso is still in good form, despite although he did not race in the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Spanish McLaren driver was deemed unfit to race by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) after being left with broken ribs and a damaged lung following a horrific crash in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

Despite that, Herbert interpreted Alonso's absence from the car as the Spanish star showing a lack of motivation and called for him to retire, however Minardi said the former's comments were out of line.

"I believe Alonso is still in great form," he told Omnisport.

"What Herbert said is the result of his frustration, because he was a driver who achieved nothing.

"I do not understand these kinds of statements."

Minardi said the fact two-time world champion Alonso was present in Bahrain - where Nico Rosberg reigned supreme - when he could not drive proved his commitment to the McLaren cause and his motivation to continue in the sport.

"I believe Fernando still has a strong willingness. He has shown it be staying with the team and helping the young driver [Stoffel Vandoorne] who was making his debut in F1," he added.

"What Herbert said does not make sense."