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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 Thursday, June 23, 2016

Capito set for Spa/Monza McLaren move

Jost Capito has confirmed that he is set to link up with McLaren at the end of the summer break, once his duties with Volkswagen Motorsport have been completed. McLaren announced in January that Capito would join as its new Chief Executive Officer, once an agreement had been reached with current employers Volkswagen. Capito has fronted Volkswagen's successful period in the World Rally Championship, with the manufacturer on course to win both titles for a fourth successive season. Capito is now set to move to […]

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. […]

Posted on Monday, June 6, 2016

McLaren shouldn't fear Canada layout - Button

Jenson Button says McLaren shouldn't be fearful of the layout of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, as the outfit bids to continue making progress. McLaren endured one of its worst weekends of 2015 in Canada as the high-speed nature of the circuit did not suit its package, with the weaknesses of Honda's power unit displayed in emphatic fashion. However, Honda has since made substantial progress and, allied to the strengths of the MP4-31, Button is confident that the operation […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Alonso lacking confidence with car

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso admits that he is lacking confidence with the feeling of his MP4-31, despite progressing through to Q3 for the second successive race. Alonso was the slowest of the 10 drivers in the session but will start from ninth place following a penalty for Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. "We had a little bit of stress with the red-flag stoppage in Q1: we only had six minutes left and I hadn’t set a time," he said. "Our main goal today was to get into […]

Posted on Friday, May 27, 2016

Alonso: More to come from McLaren

Fernando Alonso is sure that McLaren can move up the grid when Formula 1 action resumes at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday. McLaren has pinpointed Monaco as a potentially strong race for the team due to the limited impact of the power unit, and has targeted getting both cars into Q3 and a points finish on Sunday. However, Alonso was 12th quickest across Thursday's practice sessions, as Jenson Button crept into the top 10. "We know this is a good opportunity for us in […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 24, 2016

McLaren aims for double points finish

McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier reckons the squad must target finishing in the points with both cars at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, with the circuit layout likely to play to the strengths of the MP4-31. Following a trouble reunion campaign with Honda in 2015, McLaren has made a step forwards this year and has scored points in three of the last four races. With the layout of the Monte Carlo street circuit limiting the influence of the power unit, Boullier is optimistic that McLaren […]

Posted on Monday, May 23, 2016

Alonso confident of strong Monaco showing

Fernando Alonso is confident that the nature of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix will play to the strenghts of McLaren-Honda, as the outfit targets another top 10 finish. McLaren has scored points in three of this year's five races, while last year Jenson Button secured the outfit's first points of its reunion campaign with Honda around the streets of Monte Carlo. The nature of the circuit minimises the impact of the power unit and Alonso is thus optimistic that McLaren can profit this weekend. "I’m […]