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February 08, 2015 4:24 PM

F1 » F1: McLaren ‘can start 2015 where it finished 2014’

They are not saying much, they were not competitive last year and everyone will have moved on, there is also the question of reliability and we haven't seen much of that so far. My guess is that they will be lucky to finish in the top ten most races even if Alonso manages to qualify well, another 5th or 6th in the championship looks about right.


February 10, 2015 1:12 PM

F1 » McLaren-Honda will 'reproduce' 80's F1 success - Dennis

He has of course to say that, especially in Tokyo but the facts are that McLaren have been on a downward spiral for a number of years having not won a constructors title for over ten years, also the last Honda foray into F1 led to failure and a sudden withdrawal. While I except that McLaren have made changes they are unlikely to cause them to leapfrog to the front of the grid this season. Mercedes had a huge advantage last season and I very much doubt that the advantage will have disappeared this year, in addition Ferrari/Lotus and Renault will all have improved as will everybody else. Finally it has yet to be proved that the Honda engine is A reliable and B powerful enough to enable Mclaren to run at the front of the field. While they may show signs of being competive later in the season I believe it will be 2016/17 before they are in a position to challenge for the championship.


January 31, 2015 5:27 PM

F1 » Dennis denies Alonso has Mercedes exit route

I'm sure all the top drivers have exit clauses built in to their contracts and I would expect Alonso to be especially cautious given McLarens record over recent years and the new Honda powerplant. Let's say this year is a disaster, an uncompetitive and unreliable car that finishes way down the order, Alonso is known for speaking out and no doubt will. With Mercedes fishing for him is it not likely he will want out, he is nearly as old as Button and hasn't won a championship for 8 years. Whatever RD says the negotiations took a long time and that was in part because Alonso was driving a very hard bargain and covering his backside. Hopefully this is just supposition as I would like to see Alonso and Button in a very good car, people will be surprised just how well Button will do against Alonso.

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