FERNANDO ALONSO

  • McLaren faces race against time to improve car for Spain April 20, 2015

    Bahrain: The last time Fernando Alonso won a race was in front of his home fans at the Spanish Grand Prix two years ago. That race is next on the Formula One calendar and given the ongoing problems at McLaren, he will be happy with a top-10 finish in Barcelona. After four...
  • Difficult to feel sorry for Fernando Alonso, says David Coulthard April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Fernando Alonso's much talked about return to McLaren after five frustrating seasons at Ferrari seems to have backfired so far but former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard doesn't feel sorry for the multi million pound worth Spaniard. Having missed the season opener at Melbourne, Alonso retired in Malaysia and...
  • McLaren remains upbeat despite qualifying setback in China April 11, 2015

    Shanghai: For a team that got knocked out of the first round of qualifying for the third straight Formula One race, McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso seemed improbably upbeat at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday. For Alonso, each race is part of the learning process for the new-look...
  • Lewis Hamilton tops all three practice sessions at Chinese GP April 11, 2015

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton showed he is the driver to beat in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday after clocking the fastest time in practice for the third straight session. Hamilton set a time of 1 minute, 37.615 seconds in nearly ideal racing conditions, with clear skies and temperatures at...
  • Alonso expects to end driving career at McLaren April 9, 2015

    Shanghai: Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso expects to end his Formula One career at McLaren, the 33-year-old Spaniard said, confirming that the team he joined from Ferrari at the end of last season was likely to be his last. Alonso made his debut as a 19-year-old with Minardi in 2001 and...
  • Jenson Button believes McLaren are on rise April 8, 2015

    Shanghai: Formula 1 driver Jenson Button believes his team McLaren now have their rivals in their sights ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. After starting the 2015 season in Australia with severe lack of pace, McLaren and their new power-unit supplier Honda made significant progress a fortnight later in Malaysia,...
  • Wounded Mercedes keen to bite back in China April 8, 2015

    Mercedes will be looking to reassert their Formula One dominance at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend after the team received the loudest of wake-up calls in Malaysia by Sebastian Vettel's revitalised Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg in the season opener in Melbourne last month,...
  • Fernando Alonso stays positive while Ferrari celebrate March 31, 2015

    One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team's smiling mechanics, was simple: 'Ouch'. It was hard not to feel a twinge of pity for...
  • Fernando Alonso remains positive despite early retirement March 29, 2015

    Fernando Alonso's first race of the season ended with a 21st lap retirement at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday but the Spaniard saw positive progress at misfiring McLaren. Alonso missed the season opener in Australia two weeks ago on medical grounds after a crash in testing last month and Sunday...
  • Fernando Alonso sees rapid progress after closing gap March 28, 2015

    Fernando Alonso focused on the positives after he and McLaren team-mate Jenson Button qualified on the penultimate row of the Malaysian Grand Prix grid on Saturday. Teething problems with the new Honda engine have left the former champions with plenty of catching up to do yet, despite having to start from...
  • Fernando Alonso has 'zero concerns' ahead of Malaysian GP return March 26, 2015

    Sepang: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he has "zero doubts and zero concerns" about returning to the car at this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix after the pre-season testing crash that ruled him out of the Formula One season opener. Alonso was passed fit for Sunday's race after undergoing more medical tests...
  • F1: Fernando Alonso return takes focus off Mercedes March 25, 2015

    Formula One rolls into Malaysia this week for the second round of the championship at the Sepang International Circuit, where talk surrounding the utter dominance of Mercedes will for once take a back seat to the belated arrival of Fernando Alonso. The season-opening Australian Grand Prix bordered on the farcical as...
  • Fernando Alonso to return for McLaren in Malaysian Grand Prix March 23, 2015

    London: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso has been cleared to race in the Malaysian Grand Prix after missing the Formula One season opener following a crash in testing. McLaren says the two-time world champion has followed a "rigorous, specialized training program" since last month's accident and he has now been passed fit...
  • Fernando Alonso back at work and preparing for Malaysia March 19, 2015

    London: McLaren's Fernando Alonso put in a day's work in the team's Formula One simulator on Wednesday ahead of his expected return to the racetrack in Malaysia next week after his crash in pre-season testing. The Spaniard told his followers on Twitter that it had been a "great day" at the...
  • FIA to continue probe into circumstances of Fernando Alonso crash March 13, 2015

    FIA race director Charlie Whiting says Formula One's governing body has no deadline on completion of an investigation into the cause and effects of Fernando Alonso's accident in preseason testing which has forced him to miss this weekend's season-opening race. Alonso's McLaren team says the Spaniard suffered concussion and will skip...
  • Five things to watch as F1 2015 season begins March 12, 2015

    With everyone looking to challenge Mercedes this year in Formula One, former world champions Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso will do so with new teams. Here are some things to look out for in the upcoming season, which begins in Melbourne, Australia, on March 15: BEST OF ENEMIES Lewis Hamilton and Nico...
  • Profiles of teams and drivers for the 2015 Formula One season March 11, 2015

    The evidence of pre-season testing strongly suggests the fight for this year's championship will again be a case of Mercedes vs the rest. The switch of four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull to Ferrari, and Fernando Alonso from Ferrari back to McLaren, will provide interesting subplots, but the...
  • Mercedes again the team to beat in Formula One 2015 March 11, 2015

    Two of Formula One's top drivers have made lucrative moves to new teams in 2015, so fans might think there will be a shake-up to last season's established order. They would be wrong. The evidence of pre-season testing strongly suggests the fight for this year's championship will again be a case of...
  • McLaren plays down Fernando Alonso memory loss March 7, 2015

    McLaren have confirmed Fernando Alonso suffered temporary memory loss in a testing crash last month but played down media reports that the double world champion forgot he was a Formula One driver. Spain's El Pais newspaper had reported on Thursday that the driver told doctors testing his recall when he regained...
  • McLaren braced for troubled start to new Honda era March 6, 2015

    London: McLaren start the Formula One season in Australia with star signing Fernando Alonso absent and recovering from concussion, a Honda engine that has yet to run sweetly and a car that has spent more time in the garage than testing on track. Crisis? What crisis? The team's racing director Eric Boullier,...
  • Carlos Sainz eager to be in the picture March 5, 2015

    London: Carlos Sainz will be as disappointed as any Formula One fan that Fernando Alonso will be absent from next week's Australian season opener. The 20-year-old Spaniard, whose double world rally champion father has the same name, has a treasured photograph from a decade ago of himself as a wide eyed...
  • Fernando Alonso ruled out of Australian Grand Prix March 3, 2015

    Fernando Alonso will miss next week's season-opening Australian Formula One Grand Prix on doctors' advice after a heavy crash in testing, the Spaniard's McLaren team said on Tuesday. "Fernando has understood and accepted that advice, and the two McLaren-Honda cars will therefore be driven in Australia by Fernando's team-mate Jenson Button...
  • I am fine after crash, says Fernando Alonso February 27, 2015

    McLaren's Fernando Alonso assured his fans that he was fine on Friday in his first public comments since crashing heavily in Formula One testing last weekend. "As you can see, I am completely fine," the Spaniard, recovering at his home, said in a video message posted on YouTube. "I would like to...
  • Formula One: McLaren misery mounts, Massa puts Williams on top at F1 test February 26, 2015

    Montmelo: McLaren's misery mounted after another malfunction left Jenson Button stranded Thursday as Felipe Massa steered Williams to the fastest lap during Formula One preseason testing. A hydraulic leak that McLaren says will require it to change its new Honda engine limited Button to a session-low seven laps and slowest lap...
  • Fernando Alonso 'completely fine' after crash, says Ron Dennis February 26, 2015

    Barcelona: Fernando Alonso is "devoid of all injuries" from Sunday's crash in testing and is expected to line up on the grid for the season-opening race in Australia next month, McLaren boss Ron Dennis said on Thursday. According to Dennis the 33-year-old Alonso was knocked unconscious "for a few seconds" after...
  • Fernando Alonso leaves hospital, to miss final test February 25, 2015

    Barcelona: McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso will miss this week's final pre-season test in Barcelona after leaving hospital on Wednesday following a big crash three days ago. The Spaniard, a double world champion, smiled and waved to reporters and fans as he left the hospital at around 1430 local time. McLaren...
  • Fernando Alonso making 'solid recovery' after crash in F1 testing February 23, 2015

    Spain: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is making a "solid recovery" after being concussed following a crash in Formula One testing and is staying in hospital for further observation. The Spanish driver escaped serious injury, but was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital for precautionary checks after his McLaren collided with a...
  • Fernando Alonso taken to hospital after crash at Barcelona February 22, 2015

    Spain:Fernando Alonso has been taken to hospital by helicopter after crashing in his McLaren during Formula One preseason testing on Sunday. Track officials at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit say Alonso went off at turn three and hit the wall. They say he was transported to hospital "to continue with medical tests" after...
  • F1: All eyes on Fernando Alonso and McLaren in Jerez January 30, 2015

    London: Local hero Fernando Alonso will be the centre of attention when Formula One's pre-season testing starts up in southern Spain on Sunday, but the McLaren driver has done his best to lower expectations. As the Spaniard warned fans when the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 was unveiled on Thursday, there are sure...
  • Fernando Alonso a top target for Mercedes if Lewis Hamilton leaves January 2, 2015

    Fernando Alonso would be top of the list for Mercedes if Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton fails to agree a new deal with the team beyond this year, according to motorsport director Toto Wolff. Hamilton, who took his second championship in 2014 after winning 11 races, has yet to put pen...