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Alonso unharmed in the accident

Alonso unharmed in the accident

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McLaren reported that Fernando Alonso was completely unharmed after the accident in Barcelona. The Spaniard flew off the track at the exit of the third turn, smashing his car against a concrete wall. The two-time champion was taken to hospital, where after a thorough examination it was determined that he remained completely unharmed. McLarn did not want to talk about the circumstances of the possible causes of the accident, they only explained that they would provide more information later. With Alonso’s accident, however, the second pre-season test also ended prematurely. The former Ferrari racer drove 124 laps, the car should be taken over by teammate Jenson Button in the afternoon.
McLaren “50 percent behind”

McLaren “50 percent behind”

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The second day of testing in Barcelona was the most successful of McLaren Honda's preparations so far this year. Fernando Alonso drove 59 laps all day, achieving a time of 1: 25.961, which was 1.387 seconds worse than the fastest, taken by Daniel Ricciardo in a Red Bull race car. The team is facing major problems with reliability, as despite the most successful day, Alonso drove the fewest laps of all the racers. “So far, we’ve only done half of the things we wanted,” admitted McLarn’s racing director, Eric Boullier. "We have 12 days to prepare, which means that if we miss more than half, we will not be one hundred percent ready. That means we are 50 percent behind with our plans." Boullier admitted, among other things, that at
Button: The misunderstanding cost me the podium

Button: The misunderstanding cost me the podium

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Jenson Button said after the Brazilian GP that he could have stood on the podium for the winners if there had not been a misunderstanding during the race when he was called up to the pits. The McLaren racer finished the race in fourth place, but the Briton is confident he could have fought Felipe Massa for the lowest podium on stage, but he had to drive another lap before the final stop. The Briton was most impressed by the tense but fair and clean duel with Kimi Raikkonen. “Everything went like clockwork, until the last stop,” Button said. "There was a misunderstanding when I had to change, which made me have to take another lap. It probably cost me the podium. Too bad we couldn't follow Massi, but the race was great anyway. I really enjoyed it. One of the best parts of the race was my duel with Kimi.When you're fighting
Will Button turn down McLaren's offer?

Will Button turn down McLaren's offer?

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Jenson Button may have to turn down an offer from the McLaren team if it only delays his plans for next season for a long time, said the Briton, who is flirting with other possibilities and challenges. Both Button and his teammate Kevin Magnussen are waiting for news about McLarn’s plans for the future, while the team is waiting for a decision from Fernando Alonso, who is set to return to the team. Button’s manager said the 2009 season champion will only race in Formula One next season if he has a competitive car available, otherwise he is expected to move to the WEC World Endurance Championships. "I am in a situation where many racers have found themselves this year. I am waiting for the contract to be extended, while other challenges and opportunities have caught my eye," Button explained. "I am just happy
Formula 1 with a closed cabin?

Formula 1 with a closed cabin?

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Following the tragic accident of Jules Bianchi last week, Formula 1 drivers have welcomed proposals for a closed cab of a Formula 1. Despite mixed feelings, as Formula 1 has always had an open cab, it is believed that the idea of ​​a closed cab is not bad. increasing, and with it the risk of head injuries. "We're old enough to decide for ourselves whether to race or not. I think we've expressed a great enough desire and love to race by driving on the edge of grip. There's always the risk of something going wrong. It's easy in the spirit of it. In terms of safety, we have already made huge progress in this sport, but if that is not enough for someone, they can always say no to racing. " said four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso are of the opinion that s
Williams is looking for a McLaren advantage

Williams is looking for a McLaren advantage

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The Williams F1 team takes care of the advantage of the McLaren team, Sunday's race at Suzuki. They’re looking for reasons why Jenson Button’s race car was so much faster on this soggy track. Recall, in qualifying, Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa finished third and fourth, and in Sunday’s race, when the track was wet, they finished sixth and seventh, behind Button’s McLarn, who landed in fifth. Williams has been less productive on the wet track since the start of this year’s race, so the loss to Red Bull was no surprise, but McLaren’s dominance will go under the microscope. "Red Bull was a lot faster than us, they also had a lot more grip. If you put us in street races like Monaco and Singapore, they're just a lot faster than n
Button: Farewell is not impossible

Button: Farewell is not impossible

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Jenson Button admitted that he could lose his job after the end of this season, as McLarn made every effort to lure Sebastian Vettl or Fernando Alonso into their ranks, thus preparing a strong racing basis for the return of Honda as a motorcycle. team provider. Woking team boss Eric Boullier said he is aware that uncertainty about the future racing lineup is uncomfortable for current racers, Jens Buttn and Kevin Magnussen. The latter competed in Formula One for the first time this year, having previously enjoyed McLarn’s support already in the lower categories, so he has a slightly better chance of retaining his racing seat. “We haven’t talked about the future yet,” Button said. “If I have to say goodbye at the end of the season, then so be it, even though I think I can show it
The Williams team will shine this year

The Williams team will shine this year

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Jenson Button is not entirely sure about the balance of power between the teams after this winter, but the Briton estimates that the Mercedes and Williams teams will be at the very top this year. Felipe Massa set the best time of the last day of testing in Bahrain with Williams' car this year, and Lewis Hamilton was a little behind him with Mercedes. “This year’s winter has been tough for some in terms of miles driven,” Button said. "But the two teams that have worked strong and constant are Mercedes and Williams. It's not good to be behind certain teams, but I'm happy to see that Frank Williams' team has a competitive car so far. I think those two teams are at the top right now. Button explained that McLarn could not test the improvements of the car. "We had some problems, so to
Button got another day

Button got another day

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Jenson Button and McLaren picked themselves up after the trouble they had on their first day in Jerez. On the second day, the Briton set the fastest lap time, 1: 24.165. The track in Jerez was soaked with rain overnight, so Pirelli decided to carry out mandatory testing of rain tires from this year, which is scheduled for Friday. As the track did not get wet enough, it was additionally wetted with a tank and Pirelli was able to offer the teams new rain tires that drain 65 liters of water per second, unlike the old rain tires, which drained up to 60 liters. The track was completely dry in the afternoon, and by then Mercedes racer Nico Rosberg had accumulated the most kilometers - as much as 97, which is more than all the racers collected on the first day of testing. Unlike the Mercedes racer, however, Renault’s motorcycle buyers are together
McLarn was bothered by the electrical wiring

McLarn was bothered by the electrical wiring

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Testing didn’t start the best for the McLaren team, as they had to sit in the garage on the first day. On their MP4-29 race car, there were problems with the electrical wiring and the team from Woking did not even do an installation drive. "We have a difficult day ahead of us and not a very happy start to the development of our car," they wrote in a press release. "Like other teams, we encountered problems preparing the car. Although we successfully started it at our home factory in Woking, there were problems with the electrical wiring today. Because of this, we had to disassemble the car, inspect and re-install some components. That's why we were forced to miss today's tests. " McLarn will re-install key race car components overnight, hoping Jenson Button will be tomorrow