Ferrari and the tifosi have good reason to celebrate as double World Champion Fernando Alonso clinched victory at the Italian GP after starting the 53-lap race from pole position. The Ferrari ace became the first driver to cross the finish line ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, who was actually ahead of the Spaniard prior to the pitstop. Although a Ferrari 1-2 victory in Italy would paint the perfect picture but Felipe Massa’s third place finish shouldn’t be considered as a shortcoming. Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel only managed fourth today after losing out to both Ferrari and McLaren in terms of vehicle performance. Nico Rosberg made it a fruitful race for the Mercedes outfit with his fifth place finish. This was followed by Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg who drove a respectable race, Renault’s Robert Kubica and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello from Williams finished in the final point-paying position, tenth. It wasn’t really … [Read more...] about Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso wins in Italy with Massa third!
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UPDATE: A previous draft of this story suggested this news was a sure thing. We’ve updated the article to reflect its speculative nature — apologies for any confusion. Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has already confirmed he’ll be driving the Daytona 24H race in January. Now it sounds like the McLaren driver could be suiting up for a much more substantial sports car season in 2018. The report comes from BBC Sport. The British outlet says a source close to Toyota has spilled the beans, claiming Alonso will test the TS050 on November 19, the day after the last WEC race of the season. “Le Mans is agreed,” said BBC’s source, “the rest of the season is still being negotiated but it looks like he will do most of the races.” Neither Alonso nor Toyota have confirmed this news, the former even referring to it as “just rumors” at the recent Brazilian Grand Prix. Nonetheless, this is the latest in a string of … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso Rumored to Drive for Toyota at 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans [UPDATE]
After months of speculation, McLaren has confirmed Fernando Alonso will continue to drive for the team next season. The news comes ahead of this weekend’s US Grand Prix and will no doubt relieve fans of the Spaniard. Alonso suggests the new deal is more of a “long term partnership”, even going on to say he’d be happy to finish his career with McLaren. The Spaniard has had an interesting time with the outfit up until now. Earlier this year, Alonso participated in the Indy 500 race and did surprisingly well. As you may have guessed, his efforts were undone by an engine failure. It’s been no secret that McLaren has struggled since re-aligning itself with Honda. The partnership has yielded more disastrous results than those of genuine benefit. Since then, the car has matured a bit and has netted the team some surprising results. Notable among them is Alonso claiming the fastest lap at this year’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Despite this, the team’s … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso Will Continue to Drive for McLaren in 2018
According to Fernando Alonso’s manager Flavio Briatore, the double World Champion will see out his contract at McLaren and not join Mercedes in 2017. The Spaniard is rumoured to replace World Champion Nico Rosberg, who recently announced his retirement days after winning the Championship in Abu Dhabi. Earlier in the week, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted that Alonso is being looked at as a possible successor to Rosberg. "He is a driver I respect a lot. He combines talent, speed and experience. It's all there,” said the Austrian. However, Briatore distanced his client from the move. "Fernando Alonso will not be in a Mercedes in 2017," Briatore told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Granted, people always think of Fernando when a top car is free. But we have a contract and we will respect that." Apart from Alonso, Mercedes development driver Pascal Wehrlein is also in contention for the race seat. … [Read more...] about ‘Fernando Alonso will not join Mercedes’
Prior to last weekend's British Grand Prix, the chatter in the Silverstone paddock was all about the sale of the Caterham F1 team to unidentified investors from Dubai and Switzerland. The first major effect of the deal was that the letters 'GE' were removed from the cars, ending a useful arrangement between former team owner Tony Fernandes and General Electric that had allowed F1 to boast that one of America’s most powerful countries was involved in the sport. The announcement meant that Caterham team principal Cyril Abiteboul was free to go and he was duly snapped up by Renault to replace the head of the French firm’s F1 engine division Jean-Michel Jalinier. The latter has been wandering around with an invisible target painted on his back since this year’s Renault V6 F1 engine first appeared and was blown into the weeds by the Mercedes version of the same motor. In recent years Jalinier had enjoyed being top dog in the F1 engine world thanks to Renault’s … [Read more...] about Caterham, Renault and Fernando Alonso headline the paddock gossip
Fernando Alonso is unpredictable at the best (and worst) of times, but his on-air admonishment of Sky TV presenter Johnny Herbert, who had previously suggested the double world champion had lost motivation and should retire after injuring himself during his horrific 200mph, 46g accident in Melbourne, took the former Formula 1 driver by utter surprise – not only with its venomous intensity, but also his carefully chosen words. “No [I’m not retiring], I’m a world champion. You ended up a commentator because you are not a world champion,” the McLaren Honda driver snapped at a rattled Herbert in the Bahrain paddock. The outburst provides as clear an insight into the Spaniard’s mindset as his enigmatic character permits. On the face of it, the saga seemed a simple conflict between commentator and superstar, but at a deeper level, it conveyed Alonso’s utter determination to compete despite broken ribs and, crucially, a car patently unable to … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso: why F1 ace is as motivated as ever ahead of British GP
Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso won the Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari, sending his home crowd into rapture. Alonso's victory owed much to his combative nature on a day when many of his rivals focused - with varying degrees of success - on tyre conservation. Right from the start, the front row pairing of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were in trouble, as their Mercedes racers struggled for race pace. Red Bull ace Sebastian Vettel split the pair off the line, and looked a potential winner for a while. Alonso, meanwhile, also started well, moving around the outside of both Kimi Räikkönen (Lotus) and Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap. He then tracked the leaders, passing Vettel during the first pitstop phase and then chasing down Rosberg. Rosberg's day swiftly became worse as Vettel and Raikkonen then dispatched him on the same lap. Thereafter Alonso was able to stretch his lead, running fast enough to make a four-stop strategy work. Vettel, on the same … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso wins Spanish Grand Prix for Ferrari
It was announced this morning that McLaren-Honda and Fernando Alonso will be competing in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 race. However, that clashes with Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix. So, who will replace the Spaniard at the hardest race of the year? A stalwart or a youngster? There have been several wildcards thrown into this situation who have proven wonders in the last few decades. On the stalwart side: In 2005, Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz stepped in at McLaren for an injured Juan Pablo Montoya, finishing fifth (Bahrain) and third (San Marino) respectively. On the youngster side: In 2009, Kamui Kobayashi blew away the paddock’s doubts, duelling in his Toyota with world champion Jenson Button, and going on to secure a full-time seat with Sauber for 2010. Monaco, of course, is no ordinary F1 race: it's probably the last place you'd want to make your debut, although there's no doubt that any aspiring youngster would jump at the chance nevertheless. McLaren may well … [Read more...] about Who should replace Fernando Alonso in Monaco?
When McLaren-Honda announced that star driver Fernando Alonso was going to skip the Monaco Grand Prix to contest the Indianapolis 500, it caused a major stir. A double world champion skipping Formula 1’s crown jewel to race in America? The news surprised – shocked – almost everyone. But not Mario Andretti. “I remember Fernando mentioning Indianapolis to me two years ago at Monza,” the American racing legend tells Autocar. “We were chatting about something, and he brought Indianapolis up out of the blue. You could tell it was in his mind even then. He didn’t just start thinking about the Indy 500 a month ago.” Alonso qualifies fifth for Indianapolis 500 If Alonso has been plotting an outing in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ for so long, picking Andretti’s brain was a great place to start. Andretti is one of an elite group of drivers to have won both the Indy 500 (in 1969) and the Formula 1 world championship (in … [Read more...] about Interview: Mario Andretti on Fernando Alonso and the Indianapolis 500
Formula One drivers stand to make a lot of money. And we do mean a lot. But the difference between the top drivers and the bottom ones – and just who sits where – may surprise you.Though salaries in F1 typically remain secret, Autoweek has a rundown of what each of the drivers on the grid is making this year, courtesy of the latest Business Book. And according to the report, the top-paid driver is not the current reigning champion, or the one with the most titles: it's Fernando Alonso.To lure him away from Ferrari, McLaren-Honda is reportedly paying Alonso a whopping $39 million this year. The Spaniard has yet to score a single championship point this season – let alone a podium or outright victory – but that's chalked up more to the team's teething problems than to his own.Sebastian Vettel is reportedly the next top-paid driver, earning $30 million per season from Ferrari – which is already a fair bit more than he was said to have been making at Red Bull … [Read more...] about Fernando Alonso tops list of highest-paid F1 drivers