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McLaren's barren run finally over as Button scores 4 points

MONACO (AP) It shows how far McLaren's confidence has fallen that Jenson Button's eighth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday was greeted almost like a win. McLaren's worst ever start to the season meant it had failed to score a point in the opening five races, despite boasting two former world champions in Button and Fernando Alonso. Button said ''it's been a positive...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

In Monaco, F1 officials make call stronger leadership

MONACO (AP) First there were strategy meetings to discuss how to make Formula One more exciting again. Then came a fan survey this week aimed at gathering even more ideas. What's still lacking, according to teams, drivers and F1 management officials at the Monaco Grand Prix this week, is strong and resolute leadership to actually carry through with the changes. The sport's future...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

McLaren's woes continue as brake failure ends Alonso's race

GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso entered the Spanish Grand Prix hopeful of a top-10 finish to give McLaren its first points this season, only to complete less than half the race as brake failure sent him back to the garage. The two-time Formula One champion's best performance this season remains 11th at last month's Bahrain GP. Things are looking bleak for McLaren, with Jenson...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Alonso is sure eye infection won't stop him racing in Spain

GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Fernando Alonso is confident he can race freely in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix despite an ongoing eye infection. The two-time Formula One champion has been wearing sunglasses during news conferences this weekend because of a stye - which is a swelling - to protect his eyes from artificial light. The Spaniard, who last won a Formula One race on the same track...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Sainz Jr. 5th in qualifying in front of Spanish fans

GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Although Fernando Alonso continues to struggle, home fans got something to cheer about at the Spanish Grand Prix as Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified in a season's best fifth place for Sunday's race. The 20-year-old Spaniard is the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, and has started his Formula One career with Toro Rosso in confident style. Toro Rosso...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Catalayuna F1 circuit signs contract extension until 2019

GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) The Catalunya circuit will continue to host races until 2019 after signing a three-year contract extension. The track, which is located on the outskirts of Barcelona and is also used for pre-season testing, will host its 25th race this weekend. Circuit chief Vicenc Aguilera says ''we are extremely proud to announce this renewal in such a special year'' and...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Thankful Alonso to treat medical staff to dinner in Spain

GRANOLLERS, Spain (AP) Back at the track where he was concussed in the preseason, Fernando Alonso has promised to thank the medical personnel who treated him by taking them out to dinner after the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday. The 33-year-old Spaniard crashed on the Circuit de Catalunya in February during a second test session. The McLaren driver missed the third and final test...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

F1 News: McLaren Honda Making Step by Step Improvements For Sunday’s Race

Honda’s return to the F1 grid after withdrawing from the sport at the end of 2008 has not exactly gone to plan. Exclusively supplying engines to McLaren for the 2015 seasons see the two powerhouses renew a previously successful partnership that saw the duo win fourth consecutive drivers and constructors from 1988 to 1991. McLaren started the season at least five seconds behind...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso has three-year contract with McLaren, says Dennis

Ron Dennis is adamant that Fernando Alonso will be with McLaren for the long haul, despite the inevitable suggestions that the former World Champion might want to move on if a better opportunity arises. Speaking to the F1 website, the team CEO said that the Spaniard has a deal that runs to 2017. “He has a straight three-year contract with us, with no options,” said Dennis. ...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

F1: McLaren faces race against time to improve car for Spain

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) The last time Fernando Alonso won a race was in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago. That race is next on the Formula One calendar and, given the ongoing problems at McLaren, he will be happy with a top-10 finish in Barcelona. After four races, McLaren has not scored a point despite boasting world champions in Alonso and Jenson Button...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

McLaren faces race against time to improve car for Spain

SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) The last time Fernando Alonso won a race was in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago. That race is next on the Formula One calendar and given the ongoing problems at McLaren, he will be happy with a top-10 finish in Barcelona. After four races, McLaren has not scored a point despite boasting world champions in Alonso and Jenson Button...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

More power won't spoil McLaren's balance, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso insists that a lack of power is not masking any unexpected deficiencies in the McLaren chassis -€“ in other words he expects its handling to remain consistent as the engine performance is ramped up. Both Alonso and Jenson Button have expressed their satisfaction with the MP4-30, with the former noting: "It's a car that's not too tricky, or it's not picky, let's...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

McLaren remains upbeat despite qualifying setback in China

SHANGHAI (AP) For a team that got knocked out of the first round of qualifying for the third straight Formula One race, McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso seemed improbably upbeat at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday. For Alonso, each race is part of the learning process for the new-look McLaren team, and the Spaniard is coping with the ups and downs along the way...
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April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso stands by decision despite Malaysia retirement

Fernando Alonso insists he has no regrets about leaving Ferrari, despite Sebastian Vettel's second place on the Malaysian GP grid emphasizing the Italian team's improved form. The Spaniard made some interesting observations about the risks McLaren and Honda have to take in order to beat Mercedes. “I want to be in pole position, not second,” he said. “It's a long way to go for...
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March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Upbeat Alonso insists McLaren is taking big steps forward

Fernando Alonso had a solid first day back in the McLaren-Honda as he logged 45 relatively troublefree laps in Malaysia. He finished FP2 in 16th - a place ahead teammate Jenson Button - and the only drivers who were slower than the McLaren duo were Romain Grosjean, who did very few laps before he was sidelined by a technical issue, and the two Manor drivers. Nevertheless Alonso is...
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March 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Suit up! Alonso has 'zero concern' ahead of F1 return

Not surprisingly, Fernando Alonso was the star in Thursday's FIA press conference in Malaysia, where he discussed at length his Barcelona accident and the aftermath. A press release from McLaren earlier this week said that the Spaniard had reported that the steering felt heavy, and he repeated that on Thursday and - in effect - insisted that there was an issue with the car. At the...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Alonso has "zero concerns" ahead of Malaysian GP return

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he has ''zero doubts and zero concerns'' about returning to the car at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after the preseason testing crash that ruled him out of the Formula One season opener. Alonso was passed fit for Sunday's race after undergoing more medical tests on Thursday, and then faced a media conference to try...
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March 26, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso shares thoughts ahead of Malaysian GP comeback

Fernando Alonso says he's ready to go after doctors gave him the OK to race for McLaren in Malaysia this weekend. Although he faces one final FIA check on Thursday, it's expected to be a formality. “I watched the weekend in Australia very closely and I was in touch with the team from the moment they arrived,” he said. “It’s clear we have a lot of work ahead of us, but Jenson’s...
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March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso back in the cockpit for Malaysia, says McLaren

McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit in Malaysia - with the driver subject to a final medical check at Sepang on Thursday. However, the team clearly believes that will now be a formality and that - after missing Australia - the Spaniard will be able to start his season next weekend. The team still doesn't have any more answers about the accident....
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Alonso to return for McLaren in Malaysian F1 GP

LONDON (AP) McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing the Formula One season opener following a crash in testing. McLaren says the two-time world champion has followed a ''rigorous, specialized training program'' since last month's accident and he has now been passed fit after a final medical assessment by the FIA governing...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso set for medical checks on Sunday

Fernando Alonso will undergo medical tests conducted by the FIA on Sunday. The broadcaster Sky Italia said the Spaniard needs the governing body's green light in order to return to the cockpit of his McLaren-Honda in Malaysia next weekend. Almost a month since his mysterious Barcelona testing crash and subsequent hospitalization, Alonso was back in the driver simulator on Wednesday...
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March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Things to watch in the new F1 season

With everyone looking to challenge Mercedes this year in Formula One, former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will do so with new teams. Here are some things to look out for in the upcoming season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia, on March 15: --- BEST OF ENEMIES Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg went into last season on about as good a terms as any teammates...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

F1: Alonso to miss season-opener in Australia following testing crash

McLaren has confirmed that, following medical advice, Fernando Alonso will not take part in the Australian GP and will instead focus on being ready for Malaysia a fortnight later. Alonso will be replaced in Melbourne by Kevin Magnussen, who tested the MP4-30 in Barcelona last week. Meanwhile, the team continues to insist that there is nothing wrong with Alonso, and that the delay...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Alonso out of season-opening Australian GP after testing crash

LONDON -- Fernando Alonso will not race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix following a crash during Formula One testing that sent him to the hospital for three days, McLaren said Tuesday. The decision was taken to avoid the chance of Alonso having another concussion -- second-impact syndrome -- following the accident at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit last month, the team...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Alonso out of season-opening Australian GP after crash

LONDON (AP) Fernando Alonso will not race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix following a crash during Formula One testing that sent him to the hospital for three days, McLaren said Tuesday. The decision was taken to avoid the chance of Alonso having another concussion - second-impact syndrome - following the accident at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit last month, the team...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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