Hamilton penalty: FIA closes the stable door after the horse has bolted (Video)

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Five days after the Hamilton penalty controversy the FIA has announced how drivers should behave if they cut a corner and gain an advantage while racing a driver for position. According to Autosport: Drivers [have been] informed that in the event of a driver cutting a chicane and gaining a position, he not only had … Continue reading Hamilton penalty: FIA closes the stable door after the horse has bolted (Video)

The future of Renault’s F1 team

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A few developments in recent weeks have planted seeds of doubt in my mind about Renault?s future in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso seems to want to leave the team and they?ve admitted their engine programme has fallen behind their rivals’. The general economic outlook remains gloomy and it seems particularly poor for Renault?s car making … Continue reading The future of Renault’s F1 team

Fernando Alonso criticises McLaren again

2008 F1 season

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Fernando Alonso has continued his criticism of former team McLaren Fernando Alonso has sparked fresh debate about his controversial season with McLaren last year by making several critical remarks about the team in recent interviews. I think he’s starting to sound a bit like Niki Lauda and David Coulthard… Alonso on McLaren Before the Hungarian … Continue reading Fernando Alonso criticises McLaren again

Fernando Alonso: the driver debates

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For years F1 fans asked this question: “Who will finally beat Michael Schumacher?” Finally the answer came: Fernando Alonso. The 2006 season was unquestionably the high point of Fernando Alonso’s career. With a car that, on balance, no more than matched Schumacher’s Ferrari over the year, he beat the seven-times champion at his own game. … Continue reading Fernando Alonso: the driver debates

Fernando Alonso takes a swipe at Lewis Hamilton over driving errors

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These days interviews with drivers tend to be the same recycled PR platitudes over and over. ‘The team did a great job’. ‘The car was really good’. ‘We’re looking forward to the next race’. ‘For sure’. It’s unusual to hear one of them slagging off their rivals as Fernando Alonso has with Lewis Hamilton today: … Continue reading Fernando Alonso takes a swipe at Lewis Hamilton over driving errors

Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?

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What’s the problem with Renault? It was no great surprise to see the champions of 2005 and 2006 lose their way in 2007. There was certainly no shortage of explanations: they had lost their champion driver and talisman of the team, Fernando Alonso. They had lost the Michelin tyres to which generations of Renault chassis … Continue reading Has Flavio Briatore lost interest again?

Flavio Briatore’s risky gamble on Fernando Alonso may not pay off

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After leaving McLaren and returning to Renault, Fernando Alonso is a happy bunny now, right. Apparently not – in an interview with a Spanish publication he showed he was already thinking of moving on again: I’m at Renault because I wanted to get back to winning, like in 2005 and 2006, if not this year … Continue reading Flavio Briatore’s risky gamble on Fernando Alonso may not pay off

Alonso’s tainted triumph

2007 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying review

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As if McLaren didn’t have enough problems off the track – now one of their drivers has employed some extraordinarily unsavoury tactics against the other. Fernando Alonso deliberately delayed Lewis Hamilton in the pit box to prevent his team mate from setting his final lap. The Spaniard then took pole position off his team mate. … Continue reading Alonso’s tainted triumph