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Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2017

Alonso: “It’s tough, it’s frustrating

A hugely disappointing afternoon for the whole McLaren-Honda team after Fernando Alonso failed to start the Russian Grand Prix.  The Spaniard suffered an ERS software fault on the parade lap, and, despite attempting to restart it during the lap, he was unable to make it back to the pits and was left stranded on the circuit. “It’s tough, it’s frustrating – every weekend is the same", says Alonso. “My power unit didn’t have the usual power during the formation lap, so my engineer told me to […]

Posted on Saturday, April 15, 2017

Alonso expects tough race

Fernando Alonso qualified 15th for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday as he was unable to fully capitalise on his track time. McLaren driver took the 15th spot in Q1, pushing him through to Q2, but an MGU-H issue on his flying lap meant he was unable to set a time during the second session. Alonso expectation for the race are quite limited and are mostly connected to the lack of calibration of the new power unit.  “Unfortunately, my lap in Q2 was good. I think until the […]

Posted on Friday, April 14, 2017

Button to replace Alonso in Monaco

McLaren-Honda confirmed that Jenson Button will be racing for the team at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix. The Brit returns to Formula 1 just few months after his retirement from the sport to replace Fernando Alonso, who will be missing the race due to other commitments. The Spaniard will compete with McLaren-Honda-Andretti over the weekend of the Indianapolis 500, which will take place on the same date (May 28th) as the Monaco Grand Prix. Alonso will return to Formula 1 duties from the Canadian Grand Prix onwards, and […]

Posted on Sunday, April 9, 2017

McLaren disappointed with double DNF

It was a short-lived Chinese Grand Prix for the McLaren-Honda team at the Shanghai International Circuit as none of its drivers managed to finish the race due to reliability issues. Stoffel Vandoorne's car was affected by a fuel problem which forcing him to retire on lap 18, while Fernando Alonso's car suffered a driveshaft issue causing him to have to stop out on track on lap 34. The rain earlier in the day meant that the track was pretty damp for the start, both drivers consequently electing […]

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 Australian GP - Thursday Press Conference

PART ONE: DRIVERS – Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes), Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Daniel RICCIARDO (Red Bull Racing), Fernando ALONSO (McLaren) PRESS CONFERENCE Let’s start with Lewis Hamilton – a two-time Australian Grand Prix winner, record five times pole sitter here at Albert Park? Lewis, you and the other drivers have spoken about how much you enjoy driving this new generation of new cars. Could you perhaps give us an idea from your own point of view of a few areas you particularly like about it? Lewis HAMILTON: […]

Posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

How Mercedes avoided Red Bull's trap

The US Grand Prix was not one of the most exciting races of the season, but the strategic side was very interesting, with Red Bull continuing to probe Mercedes in a chess game; they might have split the two Silver Arrows had they had more luck with a Virtual Safety Car, triggered by one of their drivers to the detriment of the other. Meanwhile further back some important results were achieved for Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz by a combination of brilliant driving and decision-making. […]

Posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016

2016 Japanese GP - Thursday Press Conference

Drivers – Jolyon Palmer (Renault), Carlos Sainz (Toro Rosso), Pascal Wehrlein (Manor), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) PRESS CONFERENCE Fernando, there’s been a lot of talk about your starts this year and the fact that in the last five GPs you’ve made up 29 places on the opening lap! Making up places is something you’ve consistently done – in circumstances you’ve had to do it of course – but can you explain a bit about your starts; is it experience, instinct […]

Posted on Thursday, August 25, 2016

2016 Belgian GP - Thursday Press Conference

Transcript of the Thursday Press Conference organised by the FIA for the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix DRIVERS – Esteban OCON (Manor), Romain GROSJEAN (Haas), Daniil KVYAT (Toro Rosso), Fernando ALONSO (McLaren), Max VERSTAPPEN (Red Bull Racing), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes) PRESS CONFERENCE Esteban, if we could start with you: many congratulations on your grand prix debut. Just describe your emotions now: how excited are you and indeed how surprised are you to be racing this weekend? Esteban OCON: Yeah, thank you, first of all. No, it’s […]

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Alonso hopes for a positive weekend

Fernando Alonso used the summer break not only to relax but also to reflect on the first half of the season and the progress his team has made. He believes McLaren is getting stronger and stronger and because of that is looking forward to getting into the car again. The Spaniard thinks Spa-Francorchamps is the perfect venue to come to after the summer break and is confident McLaren can keep up to his rivals this weekend. "Spa is an incredible circuit that definitely deserves its […]

Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2016

McLaren pair eye points from mid-grid

McLaren pair Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso remain confident that they can edge into the points-paying positions in Germany despite both being eliminated during Q2 on Saturday. Button recorded the 12th quickest time in the MP4-31 while Alonso drifted wide at Turn 12 and was left down in 14th spot, though will move up to 13th following a grid penalty for Carlos Sainz Jr. "12th position is reasonable, and it’s always nice to be in front of your team-mate, but we’re still not quite there […]

Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Alonso encouraged by McLaren midfield scrap

Fernando Alonso says McLaren cannot be "proud" with its result at the British Grand Prix but nonetheless noted the improvements made by the squad. Alonso was challenging for points when he went off in damp conditions at Abbey and brushed the barriers, losing valuable time and track position. Alonso was able to recover from the incident but came home a low-key 13th, behind team-mate Jenson Button. There’s not much to be proud about after finishing 12th and 13th today. "In the tricky conditions at the […]

Posted on Monday, June 27, 2016

Alonso: Drivers can't afford Austria mistakes

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says the short nature of the Red Bull Ring, which plays host to this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix, means drivers cannot afford to make mistakes. The Red Bull Ring is the fourth shortest circuit on the current Formula 1 calendar, at 4.3km, and is composed of only nine corners. Alonso, who was eliminated on the opening lap of last year's event, is wary of the need to avoid mistakes in order to secure a promising grid position. "It’s a much shorter […]