Tag Archive: Fernando Alonso

Jan 24

Has Honda cured its power deficit?

McLaren-Honda will start the 2016 Formula 1 season with a significantly improved power unit
2015-10-24_39755 Modifications to the Honda engine will see McLaren begin the 2016 Formula 1 season with significantly more power available to it, according to sources.

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Nov 28

F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Rosberg on sixth straight pole for 2015 finale

Nico Rosberg dazzles on his way to a sixth straight F1 pole position in Abu Dhabi under the Yas Marina floodlights; Vettel eliminated in Q1

Rosberg on sixth straight pole for 2015 finaleNico Rosberg will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale from a sixth consecutive pole position after a dazzling qualifying effort under the Yas Marina Circuit floodlights. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 28

Alonso considering McLaren sabbatical in 2016?

Ron Dennis suggests he is open to the possibility of star signing Fernando Alonso sitting out the 2016 F1 season until the McLaren is competitive

2015-10-25_41468 Ron Dennis has not ruled out the possibility of Fernando Alonso taking a year out of the sport in 2016 if the McLaren-Honda doesn’t represent a significant improvement over the current car. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 24

McLaren uses Abu Dhabi GP as early start on winter tests

Boullier confirmed McLaren will test out a variety of new parts in Abu Dhabi
2015-10-23_38944 Eric Boullier says a number of new parts will be run at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as McLaren looks to commence its winter testing early.

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Nov 19

Button defends McLaren, expects ‘big margins’ in winter

“I wanted to stay because my view is we could have a good year next year”

2015-10-22_37825 Jenson Button has risen to the defence of McLaren by saying 2015 is the year to learn and make mistakes in order to get it right for next year, which has fired-up his motivation for the 2016 F1 world championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Dennis: F1 testing too restrictive

Ron Dennis feels the Formula 1 regulations on testing are suffocating McLaren Honda’s rate of development

Dennis: F1 testing too restrictiveRon Dennis feels the tight Formula 1 regulations on testing are suffocating McLaren Honda developments which is one of the reasons why his team has remained uncompetitive this season. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 03

Alonso retains faith in ‘very, very clever’ McLaren

Fernando Alonso has lavished praise on the McLaren-Honda

2015-06-07_1393 Despite ongoing frustrations and poor results, Fernando Alonso has heaped praise on McLaren-Honda to get the MP4-30 up to speed. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 22

Honda hope for rules relax to recover ground

“I think the current regulation is so restricted for the engine manufacturers” – Yasuhisa Arai

Honda hope for rules relax to recover groundYasuhisa Arai and Christian Horner urge a look into the engine regulations to prevent it becoming a two-horse race between Mercedes and Ferrari. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 15

Alonso throws support behind team-mate Button

“Jenson has been very productive for the team and myself also learning a lot of things”

Alonso throws support behind team-mate ButtonFernando Alonso suggests McLaren would be better off retaining the experienced Jenson Button for the 2016 F1 season to assist with development. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 12

Hamilton prefers excitement of ‘freestyling’

Unlike some of his newer F1 rivals, Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t need a simulator to practice his overtaking moves…

2015-06-07_1776 Lewis Hamilton has shown throughout his F1 career that he likes to go his own way, leaving his own distinct impression on things – and he insists that overtaking on the racetrack is no different Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 04

Upgraded Mercedes dominate Monza FP1

Mercedes has stamped its mark on proceedings in first free practice for the Italian Grand Prix

Upgraded Mercedes dominate Monza FP1Making use of its upgraded engine, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg make it a clear 1-2 for Mercedes in FP1 for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

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Aug 22

McLaren changes engine again, incurs ‘105 grid penalties’

McLaren-Honda fit another new engine to both cars in an effort to avoid future penalties following a change in the regulations

McLaren changes engine again, incurs ‘105 grid penalties’McLaren-Honda has opted to take a second engine change of the weekend for both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button after exploiting an effective loophole following a change in penalty regulations. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 18

F1 Belgian Grand Prix: Honda prepares update but braces for penalties

The Japanese firm has been working hard over the summer break to update its much maligned power unit

2015-06-04_0611 Honda pins its hopes on its latest engine upgrade, but concedes Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button could face penalties in the meantime. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 12

Button: Spa will be McLaren-Honda’s big test

“We will have a good step forward on the Power Unit, which is great, and in terms of the car, we will see how it works.”

2015-06-06_0721 After McLaren-Honda’s best results of the season in Hungary, Jenson Button says the team’s upgraded package will face a true test of form at Spa Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 06

Honda lays out engine token plans ahead of Spa

“Not all of our upgrades will be in place for the Belgium Grand Prix”

2015-06-05_1185 Yasuhisa Arai confirms Honda’s plan to use a number of its engine tokens in the run up to the Belgian Grand Prix to introduce a new power unit specification. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 05

Honda: We didn’t imagine F1 comeback to be so hard

Yasuhisa Arai admits Honda didn’t expect to be tackling the challenges it has been facing since its return to F1

2015-06-07_1663 Honda F1 Motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai has admitted the challenges of returning to Formula 1 have been much harder than the company had envisaged, but remains confident its approach will eventually yield the results anticipated. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 01

Alonso: Pit-lane push underlines love for F1

Despite quotes to the contrary, Fernando Alonso has no intention of giving up on F1 just yet….

2015-06-06_2044 Fernando Alonso insists that he is still in love with F1, despite rumours that he may be looking elsewhere for his motorsport fix. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 30

Alonso: F1 is not the same or as exciting

Fernando Alonso laments the modern limitations of the current Formula 1 era and teases it may well drive him out of the sport

2015-06-06_0068 Fernando Alonso has teased the prospect of looking beyond Formula 1 in favour of other categories if the regulations don’t move in a faster, more challenging direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Boullier: McLaren has seconds of potential to unlock

Eric Boullier says it remains McLaren-Honda’s target to be competitive by the end of the 2015 season

2015-06-07_1393The McLaren-Honda has ‘seconds’ of potential to unlock, with the team still targeting regular top tens before the season is out. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Jenson Button accepts his seat with McLaren for 2016 is far from guaranteed, but suggests there could be other options for next season…

Button hints at options beyond McLaren 

2015-06-07_0869 Jenson Button says he is aware his seat at McLaren is far from guaranteed for 2016, but suggests there could yet be alternative options to consider. Read the rest of this entry »

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