Esteban Ocon said he can be satisfied at the end of the 2022 season, having collected more points than team rival Fernando Alonso. In 21 seasons in F1, of all Alonso's team-mates, only Jenson Button managed such a feat in the 2015 season, when he and McLaren Mp4-30 collected 16 and 11 points. "It feels really good, Fernando is a very, very fast racer," said Ocon. "I had to show everything I know to be able to finish the season ahead of him and I'm really happy that I did it. The only thing I missed this season is some podiums. But they come in different circumstances, which this year unlike last year, there were none, but I hope that we will have them next year." Alonso, who will already test on Tuesday with the Aston Martin racing car, where he is moving in the 2023 season, raced in Abu Dhabi
At the end of this season, the Formula One caravan will lose as many as two racers, who have become a kind of icon of this sport in all the years of racing. After Felipe Massi, Jenson Button also announced his farewell, leaving his racing seat to young Stoffle Vandoorn next season. The farewell, however, may be only temporary, as the 2009 season champion will play a different role with the team in the 2017 season, and a year later he could already be back behind the wheel of the race car, although this is unlikely. The Briton will start his 298th race tomorrow. “He was great for our team both on and off the track,” said Ron Dennis, McLaren boss. "He is excellent again this year, not only fast, but also experienced. He will start his 298th race tomorrow and as such is the most experienced racer in the caravan. With the contract extended until the end of the seasons
Fernando Alonso is thrilled with the success in Belgium and says McLarn’s performance this weekend at Spa-Francorchamps just a month ago was something unimaginable. The Spaniard advanced from the XNUMXnd starting place to the fourth in the start of the race until a red flag break in the ninth lap due to an accident with Kevin Magnussen. He was later unable to keep Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes, Sergio Perez in a Force India and Sebastian Vettl in a Ferrari, but he struggled easily against both Williams racers. He crossed the checkered flag as the seventh. “The whole accident over the weekend turned into luck in the race where we successfully avoided incidents,” Alonso says. "We found ourselves in a great fourth place, but unfortunately we didn't manage to keep some of the racers behind.
Current McLaren racer and former world champion Jenson Button told Autosport that the Mercedes team has a duty to provide a better "show" than at present. “The most important thing should be the fact that other teams and engine suppliers can also fight at the top, because Formula 1 needs something more than just a fight between two racers. So we betrayed the sporting and competitive spirit that Formula 1 once had, ”Button was sharp. The McLaren team is working hard with the Honda engine, while the Mercedes team reigns supreme at the top. “With their fight, the rest of the racers basically have nothing left. I'm not interested in which of them wins and which doesn't, but above all what chances the rest of us have, "Button further explained. Button also admits that there is something else in Formula 1
The once successful team, even with the world champions, cannot be satisfied over the first part of this season. Even though they claim to be moving forward, there is still no big leap. In fact, they can no longer even boast that they are the best of the rest, as teams like Williams, Force India and even Toro Rosso are still somehow ahead of them. Sure, both former world champions Janson Button and Fernando Alonso would love to fight for wins again, but obviously with the current McLaren race car, that won’t work. The management of the team is also aware of this, knowing that one big step forward is needed, and this is only possible by upgrading the current engine of the Honda supplier. Even though the engine is still better than last year, its power is still less than most other race cars. This was also seen on Sun.
Alonso: I won’t be any faster with the new engine either The McLaren-Honda team hopes to prove their improvements at Sunday’s race in Monaco. Racing through the streets of Monaco can also give good results to poorer engines, which is why the McLaren team only improved the chassis. “You can’t calculate things in Formula 1 mathematically. We have to have a car on the road to Monaco, then we will see where we are, ”Alonso is slightly pessimistic. "It would be nice if we had both cars in the final qualifying round again, so we can get any points. However, it is difficult to predict how it will end. Other teams will also have certain new settings and parts. I expect Mercedes to dominate again, and then Red-Bull and Ferrari behind them, ”Alonso explained his forecast. Regarding the new engine, the third of p
Slowly, but somehow it goes on with the McLaren team as well. After Fernando Alonso finally managed to reach the final round of qualifying in the last race in Barcelona and Jenson Button won a couple of points in Sunday's race, the team itself believes that they are finally going up. So they calculate that they may have even more revenue at the end of the next race in Monaco. Honda's engine itself finally shows some of the necessary power, and also from the point of view of aerodynamics, the car is much better. This is also what it looks like after the tests done for the McLaren team by test driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who drove 108 laps and even achieved the second best time of the day with 1: 24.006. "In every way, the current settings and the car itself are much better," Vandoorne explained after the conclusion.
McLarn racer Fernando Alonso is not yet sure if he will be able to compete in Sunday’s race in China, as he must first pass an FIA medical examination. After an accident he suffered in the opening race of the season, he had to skip the race in Bahrain because he suffered significant lung and rib injuries. The Spaniard has already started training and is looking forward to returning to the car, which is not guaranteed. “I was disappointed to learn that I will not be racing in Bahrain, but I respect the decision of the medical staff. I hope to be able to race again on Friday, but I can’t predict anything until I get an expert rating. Until then, I will prepare for the weekend as if I were going to perform, "said the two-time world champion. McLaren hired its reserve racer Stoffel Va as a replacement in the previous race
Spanish journalist Manuel Franco claims that after last year's disastrous season, Honda managed a big throw over the winter, which could launch them into the fight for the title of this year's champion. The power unit of the Japanese manufacturer is expected to be 223 horsepower more powerful this year than the one used by Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button last year. The acquisition is expected to result from improvements in internal combustion (70km), and the most is expected to be due to improved energy recovery systems (163km). “Honda’s factory in Japan operated 24 hours a day, with no Christmas holidays,” Franco claims, while the story is clearly believed in bookmakers as one of Brazil’s bookmakers ranks Alonso among the four favorites for this year’s world title. In front of him are a Mercedes racer and Sebastian
Jenson Button has not yet decided what he will do with his future in Formula 1. He has more options in his head and is also in optimistic talks with McLarn. "I can't betray you before the last race. I'm sorry to say you'll have to wait a while longer," the short Briton was at a news conference in Suzuki. "We're in good talks, the team and I. Given the number of possibilities, a lot can happen next year. That's it." On the difficult season at McLarn, he added: "I don't think racers are happy when they're not fighting for wins, because that's why we're here, we love it. We're happy with the challenge of fighting in the forefront. it does not give me joy or upset me. " Button, after all, still believes in Hodna and their long-term orientation. "It simply came to our notice then