Ex-Formula One driver Mark Webber has declared in an interview that Fernando Alonso's current predicament at McLaren-Honda is a "waste" and a "travesty".
McLaren have struggled to compete since teaming back up with engine supplier Honda in 2015, with the British F1 outfit yet to register a point this season.
But despite McLaren's troubled campaign, Alonso's displays have remained impressive, while he also performed well at the Indianapolis 500 race in May.
"Alonso's value has never been higher"
"It's a total waste and an absolute travesty that he's at the back of the grid, driving a car that's uncompetitive," Webber explained to GPUpdate.net on Thursday when asked about the two-time world champion, who is being strongly linked with an end-of-season move after three years back at McLaren.
"He's still in a situation where he's driving phenomenally," Webber said. "I think his value has never been higher, with what he's done at the Indy 500, and with what he's done sometimes with that McLaren.
"I've been hearing incredible things about how awesome he was at Indy."
Webber unsure Mercedes engine would keep Alonso at McLaren
Reports have suggested McLaren could swap Honda for Mercedes in 2018, but Webber was unconvinced that such a switch would persuade Alonso to stay.
"It still won't be the same engine as the silver cars, will it?" said the Australian. "McLaren would need to have half a second in the pocket from the car."