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Difficult to feel sorry for Fernando Alonso, says David Coulthard

Having missed the season opener at Melbourne, Alonso retired in Malaysia and toiled to finish 12th in Shanghai.

Updated:April 13, 2015, 4:30 PM IST
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Difficult to feel sorry for Fernando Alonso, says David Coulthard
Having missed the season opener at Melbourne, Alonso retired in Malaysia and toiled to finish 12th in Shanghai.

New Delhi: Fernando Alonso's much talked about return to McLaren after five frustrating seasons at Ferrari seems to have backfired so far but former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard doesn't feel sorry for the multi million pound worth Spaniard.

Having missed the season opener at Melbourne, Alonso retired in Malaysia and toiled to finish 12th in Shanghai on Monday as McLaren continue to struggle in the early days of their engine partnership with Honda.

"I find it to difficult to feel sorry about multi million pound racing drivers. I find it much easier to feel sorry for people struggling with hardship in life. You make your choices, you get on with it," Coulthard, now a well known F1 pundit, told PTI when asked about Alonso's travails at McLaren.

Most experts including Coulthard feel Alonso, 33, should have won more world titles than two he won with Renault way back in 2005 and 2006. He moved to McLaren this season after a long stay at Ferrari where finished runner-up in the championship thrice.

"There is no doubt that Fernando is still a great driver."

"I think he will comeback and have success in the future. But he has to take responsibility for his decisions and he doesn't always appear to be most competitive. In addition to that, Honda is not looking like the engine to have as of now," said Coulthard, who recently performed at the Red Bull run in Hyderabad.

New Ferrari signing Sebastian Vettel spiced up the Mercedes dominated championship by winning in Malaysia before Lewis Hamilton restored normalcy with his fourth victory in China.

Like last season, it looks like another season of intense battle among team-mates Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. The German heated up the contest in Shanghai on Monday by accusing Hamilton of compromising his race.

Coulthard feels it is down to Rosberg now to show what he is capable of.

"Lewis does seem to have the upper hand but I do know that Nico can compete. He has got the ability to get the car on pole and if he can convert those into victories, the rest will take care of itself. I see it (rivalry) as being Nico's job to show to everyone including Lewis that he has got what it takes rather than the other way round," added the 13-time Grand Prix winner.

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