Hockenheim - Fernando Alonso called on his McLaren team on Saturday to launch an investigation into the car performance issues that have
hampered team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.
The two-time champion Spaniard said a "deep
investigation" was needed because there were clear signs of a performance
issue manifested by a lack of down-force.
"I think he's doing what he can," said Alonso
after he had qualified 11th for Sunday's German Grand Prix while Vandoorne was
20th and last.
"Definitely, the last two races it seems that car has
some kind of performance issue, and there are clear signs on the data that
there is less down-force on that car.
"We've been changing some parts and we need to go deep
into that investigation because with both cars close to the points it is always
a little bit easier."
Vandoorne has been out-qualified by Alonso at every event
this year and said his car was "undriveable" at the British Grand
Prix. He said he had endured the "worst Friday" of his career in
Vandoorne said it was difficult to accept his predicament.
"Since we hit the ground in Silverstone, we were by far
the last car and it turned out the same today. I can't really tell anything
"It's frustrating. We changed a lot of parts on the car
and it still doesn't work. Definitely, I didn't forget how to drive a
Vandoorne's misery is just one more part of a slow crisis
that has consumed McLaren this year as they and fellow former-greats Williams
have suffered slumps in form.