From GrandPrix 247 Fernando Alonso has admitted he will start Belgian grand prix from the back of the grid, while downplaying the power boost expected by Honda’s updated power unit. That is because of a double engine change as McLaren’s struggling partner Honda introduces a key update at Spa-Francorchamps. But after boss Yasuhisa Arai suggested Honda will now be on par with Ferrari and targeting Mercedes next, Alonso said rumoured figures of a 50-100 horse power boost are wide of the mark. “I do not think it will be…

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Or maybe a more appropriate title would be Up, Down, Up, Down, Up, Down, Down, Down, Down and then Up, and Down again, or something like that. So has been the 2015 season of Lewis Hamilton. From the outset, the smart money is on Hamilton to win another championship this year. But then again, as we have been witness to, just when it looks as though it is all going the Briton’s way, something like Hungary happens. The checkered flag waved in Hungary a few Sunday afternoons ago…

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From ESPN F1  Fernando Alonso described fifth position as a “little present” for McLaren after his best result of the season at the chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix. McLaren looked more competitive all weekend at the Hungaroring, only for reliability issues to see Alonso start in 15th. After a late safety car there was drama and incident across the field and Alonso soon found himself fifth when Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo collided, a position he kept when he held off Lewis Hamilton across the finish line. “Unbelievable,” Alonso…

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From ESPN F1 Lewis Hamilton apologised to Mercedes after finishing sixth at a chaotic Hungarian Grand Prix, describing his race as a “very bad day at the office”. Pole-sitter Hamilton started slowly for the second race in succession and was tenth by the end of a messy first lap. He had fought his way back to fourth ahead of a safety car period in the final stint of the race, but struggled on cold prime tyres and clashed with Daniel Ricciardo at the restart – something which earned…

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From ESPN F1 Eric Boullier is convinced McLaren could still unlock “seconds of potential” from the MP4-30 this season. McLaren has just five points to its name after nine races, an indication of how much it has struggled since switching to Honda power ahead of 2015. It was 2.7 seconds off the pole time in Silverstone but racing director Boullier is adamant there are big strides to be made, citing the team’s current inability to use MGU-K on every lap. “If we can unlock the potential we will…

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The news in F1 just keeps coming and there is plenty to talk about. One piece of news trumps all others; for the first time since the untimely death of Ayrton Senna on May 1, 1994 Formula 1 has seen a driver pass away due to an on-track accident. As most of you know Jules Bianchi was involved in a freak accident under safety conditions in bad weather during the Japanese Grand Prix last year. Bianchi has been in a coma ever since from complications due to a…

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From ESPN F1 Rob Smedley says Williams will focus on the fact it was “clearly faster” than Ferrari at the British Grand Prix rather than the fact the team missed out on a podium. Despite leading one-two in the opening stages of the race a combination ofquestionable strategy calls and rain allowed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to leapfrog the Williams drivers for the final spot on the podium. Ferrari had not been a factor in the dry, however, while Williams’ pace had been on a par with Mercedes. Speaking…

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From Autosport Honda motorsport chief Yasuhisa Arai says he remains under “big pressure” to turn around the Formula 1 engine manufacturer’s fortunes with McLaren, but he feels “very comfortable” with the situation. Honda’s reliability has been under the spotlight this season, with Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso taking huge penalties in Austria last month after exceeding their power unit allocation.  McLaren-Honda scored points for only the second time this season with Alonso’s 10th place in the British Grand Prix, a race which had just 13 finishers, and the alliance lies…

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Williams and Valtteri Bottas are quiet in the face of mounting speculation about the Finn’s Formula One future.  Germany’s Bild newspaper reported this week that Ferrari is offering Williams almost $4.5 million to buy Bottas out of his 2016 contract with the British team.  Contacted by Brazil’s Globo, Grove-based Williams said it “never” comments on the contractual situation of its drivers, and therefore will not comment on the Bild story.  And Bottas himself told the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat as he tested in Austria on Wednesday, “There are always a lot…

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From ESPN F1 Christian Horner has ended speculation his job as Red Bull team principal is under threat by confirming he has signed a contract extension.  With Red Bull still struggling and owner Dietrich Mateschitz once again threatening to pull the team out of F1, there were rumours Horner’s role at the team was at risk. As team principal Horner has been instrumental in turning Red Bull from a midfield outfit to a team which won four drivers’ and constructors’ championships in a row. Speaking at the Goodwood…

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