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Marshall Pruett: Fernando Alonso Special with Chris Medland
Formula 1 reporter Chris Medland calls in from Brazil for a special episode of Marshall Pruett’s The Week In IndyCar podcast to discuss the return of Fernando Alonso and McLaren to the Indy 500 and all we know so far on how it will come together.
“Alonso will drive a Chevy engine next year, issues between Honda and McLaren the reason, not issues between Alonso and Honda”
TJ13 comment: It’s worth noting that McLaren’s Zak Brown stated that:
“There’s two engine manufacturers, both do an excellent job in IndyCar,”
“And we’d love to race with Honda again. They make great engines, they’ve won a lot of races in IndyCar.
So we wouldn’t hesitate to race with Honda again if that’s ultimately the direction we head in.”
Mercedes staff to share £9m bonus after Lewis Hamilton’s Brazil win seals fifth successive constructors’ title
All 900 staff at their factories in Northamptonshire will share the pot, from the world champion driver to the lowliest cleaner.
Sportsmail understands that £9m is the final layer of an incentive scheme, the difference between finishing first and finishing second.
Max Verstappen says he ‘would kick the psychologist out’, has no regrets for Ocon altercation
“No. I’m just annoyed about not winning,” the Red Bull driver said on the Peptalk programme on Ziggo Sport.
“I wanted to know what was happening with him and he just did a big grin and said ‘I was faster than you’. He didn’t say he apologised and in fact reacted the opposite way,” said the 21-year-old.
“I wanted to be positive for my mechanics, but then you see someone like that who does not even say sorry for what happened.
“You do not expect to be hit by a laggard. I’m glad my dad wasn’t there,” said Verstappen, whose father Jos is famous for his short temper.
“If they come to me with a psychologist, I’ll kick them out right away.
“You have to stand firmly in your own shoes. I don’t need anyone. My father is a bit like a psychologist anyway,”
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Is Hamilton better than Schumacher by miles?
It was the standard set of tributes from one and all, yet a particular statement stood out.
‘I would rate Lewis above Michael Schumacher, by miles,’ said 1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve.
‘There were too many question marks on how some races or championships were won (by Schumacher). Being a champion is more than just winning. There’s very little negativity about Hamilton (in comparison),’ Villeneuve added.