He confirmed he knew all the details but could not officially make an announcement until contracts had been formally signed […]
Essential requirements: a 2018 Super Licence (X1) MCLAREN – Fernando Alonso RENAULT POWERED: Fernando will (most probably) renew his McLaren deal, the question is for how long? No doubt the Zak […]
SUZUKA ROUNDUP: Lewis Hamilton wins, can win the title at next race, Ricci steals the mobile phone, Honda wants Gasly IN, Spark plugs, Palmer in search of new horizons…and more
Many say Alonso is the best driver in the world. This may be so, or it might be more evident if he could finish a race, but if it is, and we take a look at the current driver standing we might also make a couple of assumptions that:
OK, so let’s take stock with whats left. What might be in store for the world championship? RAI Average points haul over the last 15 races is 9.2 points. If he was to step up to VET’s average of 16.4 FER (a big ask) it would still be almost mathematically impossible to fight for the lead or hope to secure a constructors championship. Bottas has just been too strong.
We, therefore, assume team orders will be implemented and Räikkönen will become little more than a wingman for Ferrari and Vettel.
The track that Hamilton once described as “twice as hard to negotiate” than the more famous Monaco street circuit has a polymer modified binder, which was laid on the track surface to offer vehicles 20% more grip. Taking this year’s wider bodies and higher grip levels, it is not surprising that most teams have gone for the maximum adhesion options.
Today, I suggest we saw the start of “exploring options”. Back up plans. With Felipe who returned from his departure to fill an empty seat and act as a mentor […]
Alonso never really ever had any expectation of finishing in the points, he was anticipating “13th or 14th but in reality, it was looking like last. His optimisms of improvements by Budapest are equally cool.
Considering the amount of money Honda has invested in this year’s F1 campaign, and how much that has contributed to the 2017 McLaren entry pot we should understand that McLaren cannot simply walk away or “fire” Honda. It will be up to Honda to decide if they wish to walk away at the end of this year. This sentiment was echoed in today’s team representative press conference with Jonathan Neale (McLaren) stating “you can’t simply rip up a contract”….
Whilst on one hand defending Jolyons progress (or lack of) and offering a number of reasons that we should take into account before making judgement, Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul stated clearly at today’s press conference that 8th in the championship was absolutely not where the team expected or wanted to be an ” urgent action” must be taken to effect a big change. He said recent management changes have stalled decisions and hinted that we might know more in the next few races.