Christian Horner: 'Fernando Alonso advised badly in Formula 1 career'

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner at Old Truman Brewery on February 17, 2016
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Fernando Alonso's career has taken a "strange" turn because of "mistakes" in his decision-making processes, according to Christian Horner.

Fernando Alonso's career has taken a "strange" turn because of "mistakes" in his decision-making processes, according to Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

In Bahrain, Horner joked that Alonso needs a "psychiatrist" after deciding to skip Monaco next month in order to tackle the fabled and dangerous Indy 500.

"I don't really understand," Horner told Spanish broadcaster Movistar.

"Monaco is the biggest race of the year, where the engine matters a whole lot less and sometimes it rains and could be his biggest chance of a good result.

"So for the driver to go to another championship in which he has never participated, it's strange, but you have to respect him."

On another level, Horner said he can see how Alonso has been led to his "strange" decision.

"Fernando is frustrated and angry, because he should be driving a competitive car. He is one of the best drivers in the world and it's frustrating for everyone to see him in the situation he's in.

"But it's because he was advised badly or because he made mistakes when he made decisions. Anyway, he's too good a driver to be so far behind - he should be fighting at the front with Vettel, [Lewis] Hamilton, [Daniel] Ricciardo, [Max] Verstappen."

Alonso remains pointless following the first three grands prix of 2017.

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