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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 […]

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Alonso says McLaren retired as a precaution

Fernando Alonso says he retired from the European Grand Prix as a precaution, due to a worsening gearbox problem with his McLaren-Honda MP4-31. Alonso was battling with Jenson Button on the fringes of the top 10 when he slowed, pulling into the garage with nine laps remaining at the Baku City Circuit. "This was always going to be a difficult race for us – and that’s made even more difficult when you don’t see the chequered flag," he said. "We had a developing issue on […]

Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2016

Button explains surprise Q1 exit in Baku

Jenson Button was left to rue a surprise exit from the first stage of qualifying at the European Grand Prix in Baku. Button was only 19th quickest during Q1 after running wide at Turn 15, which left him with worn tyres as he attempted a second run. Button was unable to improve on his time and will start the race ahead of only Sauber's Marcus Ericsson and Renault pair Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer. "In Q1, I locked up into Turn 15 – we’d fitted […]

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

Alonso: McLaren can't sacrifice 2016

Fernando Alonso says McLaren cannot afford to sacrifice its 2016 campaign, despite holding hopes of fighting for the championship amid regulation changes in 2017. McLaren reunited with Honda at the start of 2015 and endured a dismal first season, but the outfit has made gains this year and currently occupies seventh in the standings. Alonso is wary that McLaren needs to focus on its 2017 package but believes it must push ahead with this year's car in order to learn how it can improve. "Obviously […]

Posted on Tuesday, June 14, 2016

McLaren lacked pace to compete - Alonso

Fernando Alonso says McLaren simply lacked pace to be competitive in Canada as the outfit's string of races inside the points came to an end. McLaren had scored points across three successive Grands Prix and Alonso continued its encouraging form by qualifying inside the top 10 at a circuit where the outfit expected to struggle. However, Alonso was able to come home only 11th while team-mate Jenson Button failed to finish. Alonso also clarified a comment he made late in the race when he radioed […]

Posted on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Alonso labels Q3 presence a 'nice surprise'

Fernando Alonso says McLaren is performing "better than expected" at the Canadian Grand Prix as he progressed through to Q3 for the third successive race weekend. Honda brought a new turbocharger to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Alonso was able to use the improvements to make it through into the top 10 shootout. Team-mate Jenson Button locked up into L'Epingle on his final flying lap in Q2 and will start from 12th place. "That was a nice surprise today – we’ll take it," Alonso said. […]