F1 analyst Peter Windsor thinks it is fairly obvious why Fernando Alonso is sucking up to teammate Lance Stroll at Aston Martin.
Alonso has been known to have his fair share of tussles with teammates throughout his longstanding career, but the two-time world champion seems to be far kinder to Lance whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Alonso himself has has somewhat of a renaissance this season, finishing four of the first five races on the podium.
The Spanish driver has been far better off than Lance Stroll, who has failed to make a mark despite having the same machinery as Alonso.
Windsor has seen Alonso’s journey in the sport and feels he knows a bit about the 41-year-old’s personality.
Speaking on his Youtube channel, Windsor said: “Fernando sees Lance Stroll as the perfect answer to his current problem i.e he didn’t have a great racing car, and all of a sudden he does.
“And Lawrence Stroll is the guy paying the bills and making it all happen. That’s why Fernando is doing all he can to ingratiate himself with Lance Stroll.
“He’s just trying to be Mr. Nice Guy and pre-empt Lawrence Stroll saying, ‘Enough of this Fernando Alonso stuff, why isn’t my son winning?’ And he wants to be in a position to say, ‘Well, he will win races, I’ll help him but I want to win them first.'”
Aston Martin appears to be in good shape going into the Monaco Grand Prix.
Alonso himself has been confident enough to suggest that the team can battle for pole position duing qualifying.
If he does indeed go to register his 33rd race win, it would be a moment of pure delight for everyone at Aston Martin.
However, team principal Mike Krack has insisted that they will not engage in the traditional celebration of climbing the fence.
This is solely due to the fact that F1 now prohibits such actions.
If any team fails to follow these rules, it will result in monetary sanctions being levelled at them.
Krack has confirmed that his team will follow these rules and are fully prepared to pay fines for any team members that fail to adhere to the guidelines.