Eric Boullier, the Racing Director for McLaren has insisted that StoffelVandoorne, Formula One’s rookie, is not under any sort of pressure from the team despite McLaren-Honda’s current poor performance
If the situation is to be analyzed under different circumstances, one of the analysis would have it that with the team struggling for reliability and pace, Vandoorne may just be risking his once-in-a-lifetime chance to prove that he belongs in the F1.
This comes on the heels of the issue in Bahrain where the highly-rated 24 year old Vandoorne was unable to start in the race due to a reliability problem, after two difficult races alongside Fernando Alonso, his McLaren teammate.
The McLaren boss who spoke to Auto Motor and Sport said;
“He is not under pressure. Stoffel knows that we believe in him and that we have him under contract for a long time.
“He does not have to prove it to us in every race. We understand that this is not possible at the moment.” (more…)
The new boss of McLaren’s Honda F1 team, Zak Brown has said that he does not mind and would welcome it if Lewis Hamilton decides to return to the team.
He however reiterated that his first task, and major priority was to ensure that McLaren returns to its winning ways as soon as possible.
Lewis Hamilton, who had previously spent the entirety of his F1 career with the McLaren Honda squad had left in 2012 and joined up with Mercedes in his search for a new challenge.
Since moving away, Hamilton has won two World Championships whilst McLaren, since the last four seasons, has been unable to win a single race. Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Brown had said
“I will move heaven and earth to have the best two race-car drivers in our car,”
“Right now, we have them and Stoffel is going to be outstanding. Lewis is an awesome driver who has a great history here and I certainly wouldn’t rule anything out. But right now, I’m happy with what we have.”
With the Silver Arrows remaining the dominant force in the sport, there is no prospects of Hamilton leaving in the nearest future. Also, with an extension of his deal for a further three years just last summer, Hamilton has a few more years with Mercedes. (more…)
Former world champion Jenson Button believes McLaren Honda will come good despite their poor showing at the season opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park last weekend.
The Englishman finished the race in last place, a full two laps down on eventual race winner Lewis Hamilton while rookie driver Kevin Magnussen, standing in for the injured Fernando Alonso did not even manage to finish the race. To cap it off, their qualifying session also didn’t go well and was the worst they have had in their long history.
This just goes to show exactly how far the team have fallen and how much they are behind the leading pack, especially the pace setting Mercedes cars. But Button, who signed a new two year deal with the team in December after being kept in the dark for much of the season about his future, is confident that they will get things right. He believes the team’s new engine suppliers Honda will eventually get things right. (more…)
McLaren says that the crash of Fernando Alonso during testing in Spain was entirely due to the winds. Before this statement was made, there were rumours that any sort of electrical fault rendered Fernando Alonso senseless and thus the crash happened.
McLaren has said that the two times world champion racer is recovering steadily in a hospital located in Barcelona. The doctors intend to keep Alonso under observation. It was also reported that Alonso even talked for a brief while with his friends and family.
A picture of Alonso was posted on a popular social networking site by Louis Garcia Abad who is the manager of Alonso where Alonso is seen smiling and showing a thumbs up. McLaren thinks that it is not certain yet whether the Spanish driver will be participating in the upcoming week’s test which will continue for four days. The test will be conducted in Barcelona and the first race of the 2015 season will start on 15th March this year. (more…)