From GrandPrix 247 Fernando Alonso will sit out next weekend’s season opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. McLaren announced the news on Tuesday, despite insisting the Spaniard has been checked by doctors in the wake of his Barcelona testing crash and four days in hospital. The doctors found Alonso “asymptomatic of any medical issue,” McLaren said in a media statement, “they see no evidence whatsoever of any injury; and that they therefore describe him as entirely healthy from neurological and cardiac perspectives alike”. But, as swirling controversy…

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From PlanetF1 Declaring McLaren to be “50 percent behind” schedule, Eric Boullier admits development is taking preference over performance at this stage. Friday’s running at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya proved to be McLaren-Honda’s most successful day to date with the new package. Fernando Alonso managed 59 laps with a best time of 1:25.961, which put him 1.387s off the pace set by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. Reliability, though, continues to hamper the team as Alonso’s 59 laps meant he completed the fewest of the ten drivers out on…

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From GrandPrix 247 McLaren have a mountain to climb with Honda in Formula One this season, with plenty of challenges along the way but they will get there in the end, group head Ron Dennis said on Tuesday. “You don’t expect to be at the top of the mountain the day you start climbing. It takes time and you also have to prepare well,” the Briton told a news conference at Honda’s global headquarters in Tokyo. “We are very much preparing for the climb, and it’s going to be…

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  2015 has arrived and I feel refreshed, if only just a little. I was non-stop in the second half of the F1 season and in overdrive the last few weeks before the finale in Abu Dhabi and I have to say it really took its toll. I have been MIA for a bit but that is over, I am officially B (back) IA. Before I commence my 2015 year of blogging my opinions, the ones you will like and also the ones that you will not, I…

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The post F1 season is still filled with plenty of news to comment on. There is still upheaval at Ferrari with the appointment of the new team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and the mass firings still in full swing. McLaren finally announced Jenson Button to drive alongside Fernando Alonso, ending weeks or rather months of speculation and conjecture. Bernie Eccelstone has re-cemented his presence as F1 supremo, there was even a story about Red Bull trophies that went out the front door of their factory, probably courtesy of someone…

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From Autosport Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton added another accolade to his 2014 season by winning the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award on Sunday. Hamilton, who been runner-up in the BBC vote after both his astonishing F1 debut in 2007 and his first title in ’08, became the first motorsport winner of the award since Damon Hill’s 1996 triumph. He came out ahead of golf’s world number one Rory McIlroy in the public vote. “I am so speechless,” said Hamilton, whose BBC accolade follows his triumph…

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Form GrandPrix 247 Formula 1’s worst kept secret that Fernando Alonso is joining McLaren was finally confirmed during a function at the team’s Woking headquarters, with the Spaniard returning to the team he drove for in 2007. Alonso said: “I have never hidden my deep admiration for Ayrton Senna, my favourite driver, my idol on track, my reference. I still remember, as a kid, the posters in my wardrobe, my toy cars in which I dreamed I would one day emulate Ayrton, and the kart that my father built for…

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In the same weekend that Formula 1 finished its season, a different racing series was just getting started. The second (of ten) Formula E ePrix races, in the all new Formula E series, took place in Putrajaya, Malaysia. What is Formula E, you ask? Simple: Electric and Hybrid technology. Philosophically and practically, Formula E is committed to clean energy and sustainability. A seemingly simple concept that has tremendous power to improve the future of this planet and life on it, so we should be paying attention. Who else…

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From PlantF1 The new MP4-29H made its public debut on the opening day of testing at Jerez on Tuesday, but GP2 racer Stoffel Vandoorne was limited to just three installation laps before the car broke down. The team later revealed an electrical problem forced them to miss the morning session while fuel/data exchange issues caused the car to stop on the track after lunch. Vandoorne was once again forced to watch Wednesday’s morning session from the sidelines after fresh problems with McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier saying the…

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From ESPN F1 Ferrari has confirmed Maurizio Arrivabene will replace Marco Mattiacci as team principal with immediate effect.  Arrivabene was vice president of Philip Morris and has been brand ambassador for Marlboro since 2007. Rumours in the Abu Dhabi paddock last weekend suggested such a move was imminent and that Mattiacci would be moved into a more senior role at Ferrari.  Throughout his time at Philip Morris Arrivabene has been closely involved in its partnership with Ferrari. His standing is such that he has been the representative for F1’s sponsors…

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