Fernando Alonso: McLaren return would have been easier

He may not have had the best time there, but Fernando Alonso feels returning to McLaren would have made his F1 comeback easier. The Spaniard left the sport at the end of the 2018 campaign after four disappointing seasons with the British team in which points were often hard to come by. After two years away from the grid, he […]

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Alpine: Fernando Alonso returned with 2022 very much in mind

Alpine executive director Marcin Budkowski says the main motivation behind Fernando Alonso returning to F1 was with 2022’s regulation changes in mind. Alonso rejoined the Enstone team on an initial one-year contract with the option of a second – and Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi has confirmed the team are looking at exercising that option in the coming weeks. The double […]

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Lewis Hamilton seeing the 'benefits' of Mercedes sim | Planet F1

Toto Wolff says Lewis Hamilton is becoming a convert to the benefits of the Mercedes simulator, which helped him significantly at Silverstone. While many drivers find the sim a useful aid in learning how their car will operate on certain tracks, the seven-time World Champion has tended to be more reluctant. Hamilton said earlier this year he had “no interest […]

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Sprint qualy played out 'as anticipated' for McLaren

Andreas Seidl says Formula 1’s first foray into sprint qualifying didn’t offer any “big surprises” or “big learnings” for McLaren. Last time out at Silverstone, Formula 1 trialed a sprint qualifying race weekend format. That meant qualifying took place on Friday evening with Lando Norris P6 to Daniel Ricciardo’s P7, the team-mates behind Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who was fourth fastest. […]

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‘No excuses’ if McLaren are not title contenders by 2024

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown says the team have no excuse to be anything but title contenders come the 2024 season. The Woking outfit endured a deep decline from 2013-2018, but since then much brighter days have followed with McLaren battling hard to secure P3 in the Constructors’ Championship for back-to-back seasons. Lando Norris has already visited the podium three […]

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Christian Horner responds to Toto Wolff's 'personal' attacks jibe

Red Bull boss Christian Horner still believes that their criticism of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone was justified. Hamilton and Max Verstappen were involved in a controversial crash at Copse on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix, one which eliminated Verstappen from the race and left him needing precautionary checks in hospital after a 51G impact with […]

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