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2016 Silly Season
08-05-2016, 10:46 PM
Post: #26
RE: 2016 Silly Season
Is he going to jump ship again (Source:Planet F1)

Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso has expressed his desire to claim his third Drivers' Championship, claiming that Mercedes or McLaren are his ideal choices to do it at.

Alonso, who won both his titles with Renault a decade ago, has seen his title chances suffer in the past two years after he joined a restructured McLaren-Honda team in 2015, leaving Ferrari after five seasons.

In 2015, the Spaniard and his teammate Jenson Button amassed a combined total of 27 points on the Constructors' Championship table.

However, after a vast improvement, the Woking-based outfit have already accumulated 42 points after 12 races this season, with nine still to go.

Many criticised Alonso after he left the Scuderia and joined McLaren, but now with his former team having one of their worst seasons in Formula 1, the 35-year-old is certain he made the right choice.

“I was right," he explained.

"I was right because I felt I was right. In 2014 I made the decision and had two years more on my contract, but felt I was right to go.

"Whatever results they achieve in 2015 and 2016 or in the future, for me my time there was fantastic and I wanted to finish on that fantastic feeling.

"Every year was a little bit more stress because you are not winning and it seems that it is your fault. Now it is not a relief that they are not winning or having more problems, I don’t wish any problems on Ferrari because it is a team that I will always have in my heart.

"But in terms of driving, how competitive or my third World Championship hopes, then you drive for Mercedes or McLaren-Honda. That is my opinion and the feeling from that decision."

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08-06-2016, 10:35 AM (This post was last modified: 08-07-2016 09:57 AM by Neonzapper.)
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RE: 2016 Silly Season
I know he's not saying he regrets his move, but I'm reading into it as, "Hindsight is always 20/20 and this was a big mistake". I know Ferrari wasn't doing well, but Fernando was still able to get on the podium quite often- and it wasn't the car. He's arguably the best driver.

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08-07-2016, 10:06 AM
Post: #28
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There are two current F1 drivers who have made a career of being at the wrong team at the wrong time. Both are currently at McLaren.

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08-08-2016, 12:49 PM
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(08-07-2016 10:06 AM)Yaaay Wrote:  There are two current F1 drivers who have made a career of being at the wrong team at the wrong time. Both are currently at McLaren.

Although JB's crowning glory was landing in just the right team at the right time.
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08-15-2016, 07:17 PM (This post was last modified: 08-15-2016 07:32 PM by Neonzapper.)
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SAINZ believes his early contract extension at Toro Rosso was a result of Red Bull wanting to silence rumours about his future amid interest from other teams. (F1.com)


HARYANTO (Manor) dropped for not raising $7M Euros needed. He moves to reserve driver.

Esteban OCON replaces Haryanto.

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09-03-2016, 06:43 PM
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Looks like Jensen is going sports car racing with McLaren, while hanging around for when Fred retires at the end of 2018

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09-03-2016, 10:51 PM
Post: #32
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he's not going sports car racing with mclaren. what, he's going to race in gt3? that's for kids. sports cars is the right place for him, whether he's looking for a transition to a better fit in the racing world, or he's just looking to stay in shape for 2018, but he's got to be in the wec. loaning him to porsche so he can pal around with webber would be the obvious choice, but toyota or audi would work too. aston martin in gtpro would have some tasty sponsorship opportunities. or he could captain a mclaren entry into the big boy realm of sports cars. yes, i like that idea. we're going with that one. someone tell ron.
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10-08-2016, 09:27 AM (This post was last modified: 10-08-2016 09:29 AM by leonbray.)
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Rumour of the day from Suzuka - Vettel back to Red Bull with Verstappen going to Ferrari. Apparently Vettel and Arrivabene don't get on

Quote:Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel will have to "earn" his place at Ferrari beyond next season, team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has said.

A decision to extend the deal, among the most lucrative in Formula 1, would be made during 2017, he added.

"Sebastian has a contract. We work together this year and next year. Then during next year we'll see," he said.

"Each of us has goals. So it is only right that anyone, no matter who it is, earns their place and their salary."

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10-08-2016, 07:05 PM
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Nah, he got 4 world championships and now a $50 million a year deal. Neither team can guarantee him another WC so he can just sit it out for a bit.

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