McLaren and Renault both scored double-points returns but Force India leave Australia with nothing to show. McLaren Fernando Alonso: “It was a good race today, especially considering where we started. “The last couple of years have been difficult, and I think the winter has been difficult as well. We switched to the Renault engine quite late and the team had to react very quickly to redesign some of the parts at the rear end, and now we’ve come here and both cars have scored points – one in the top five. “We should be proud of that, but I think there’s a lot more to come from McLaren. We didn’t maximise the full potential nor squeeze everything out of the package today. This is only our first race together with Renault, and some updates will come in the next few races. We can start to look ahead a little bit and Red Bull will be the next target. “As I said before, this race is probably our lowest performance of this … [Read more...] about Race quotes: McLaren, Renault, Force India
Fernando Alonso feels McLaren will be in a position to have Red Bull in their sights after the Spaniard finished P5 at the Australian Grand Prix. Alonso did benefit from the double DNF from Haas in front and the timing of the Safety Cars, but was noticeably aggressive as he was able to get stuck into a fight with the works Renault team and his compatriot Carlos Sainz. The two-time World Champion was happy with his performance, but reckons there is even more from McLaren to come. "It was more or less expected to be honest," Alonso said in the paddock. "We knew we had a strong race pace and better than Qualifying. We capitalised on some of the problems that others had. "We had attacks from Verstappen all the last 20 laps and we were able to defend. "I'm happy, it was great work from the team, the integration of our power unit in two or three months and we redesigned some of the car last winter. "Now we are here, both cars in the points, fifth place so happy and a good starting point. … [Read more...] about Alonso: Red Bull are McLaren’s ‘next target’
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Haas produced their best-ever qualifying performance, but Force India found themselves alarmingly off the pace. Haas Kevin Magnussen: “The car was nice to drive in qualifying. It was just there, and performing. I was able to push brake points – get off the brakes earlier and earlier with every lap. It wasn’t doing anything unexpected, which was really nice. I’m looking forward to tomorrow starting in P5. We have some quick guys behind us, and we’ll have to do well to keep it that way. We’ll be doing all we can to get a good result. We need a solid start to the season and we need to capitalise on today’s qualifying result.” Romain Grosjean: “Everyone’s very happy and it reflects the hard work from everyone on the team. Our result confirmed a little bit what we saw in winter testing. I can push the car as much as I want, which obviously makes me very happy. It was a good job by Kevin (Magnussen) as well – getting … [Read more...] about Qualy quotes: Haas, Renault, McLaren, Force India
Ferrari and McLaren will fight for the win in Melbourne with Mercedes scrapping for the final few points. That’s according to the pre-season timesheets – but everyone knows they mean nothing. Four months after the chequered flag fell in Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 is set to return to the competitive arena with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Swapping the snow from Spanish testing for the baking sun in Melbourne, the blistering quick hypersofts for the slightly slower ultras, and going from practice games to business, Formula 1 is about to get serious. The race at the front The Scuderia’s race-pace in Spain was lacking compared to Mercedes – but it is that way for most teams – but also to Red Bull. Throw in that the SF71H’s engine is an oil guzzler, which at times lets out a breath of oil mist, and Sebastian Vettel’s chances of back-to-back Australian Grand Prix wins are not looking great. As such it could be an easy romp to the 1-2 for … [Read more...] about Ferrari or McLaren for the Australian GP win?