McLaren

Why promoting a teenager is the right move for a new-McLaren

At 19 years and 124 days old Lando Norris will become the third-youngest driver in history to start a Formula 1 race, when he makes his McLaren debut at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix.

However, as Max Verstappen has recently proven, age is but a number. The motorsport proverb, ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ has never been truer. Despite his tender years, Norris is exactly the kind of driver McLaren needs right now.

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How good is McLaren’s new recruit?

Filling Fernando Alonso’s shoes is no mean feat and a challenge that now poetically falls upon Carlos Sainz Jr, who has made no secret of the fact that he was an Alonso fan growing up.

The baton has been transferred from one Spaniard to another and the hopes of a nation along with it, at a McLaren team currently in strife and with a long road to recovery ahead. Does Sainz have what it takes to live up to that challenge?

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Why conquering Le Mans is one of Alonso’s greatest achievements

Winning the Le Mans 24 Hours on his first attempt, two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has taken a big step towards becoming “best racing driver in the world.”

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Predicting the 2018 F1 pecking order

 

 

The eve of a brand-new Formula 1 season is one of the year’s most exciting times. The anticipation of discovering which teams have done the best job at scaling the pecking order over the winter, and conversely, which teams have the most work to do?

Predicting the final constructors’ championship results pre-Melbourne is never more than the art of guesswork but in the name of fun, I’ve had a go anyway.

Here is my predicted pecking order for F1’s 2018 season;

 

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Sergio Perez: Second Chance Required

Why Perez Deserves Another Shot At The Big Time

Second chances are few and far between in F1. It is one of the most competitive environments in world sport, and with 1000’s of hungry young chargers vying for their shot at the big time, opportunities are few and far between, particularly when it comes to the sport’s premium seats. For Sergio Perez, his chance to shine came in 2013, when McLaren paired him with 2009 champion Jenson Button, following a breakthrough 2012 campaign where the 21 year-old Mexican claimed three podiums for Sauber. Ultimately, Perez fluffed his lines during his spell at Woking but so did his team.

Here’s why Sergio Perez deserves another shot with one of F1’s most illustrious squads.

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Mid-Season Review: McLaren

The reassembly of one of the sports most successful partnerships was meant to be the springboard that a struggling McLaren outfit needed to return to pre-eminence. While the first races on Honda’s return to the sport were always set to be filled with trials and tribulations, few could have predicted the extent of their troubles at the mid-way point of their first season in the V6 Hybrid era.

Just 17 points on the board, from ten races plagued by unreliability, the first half of the season has certainly been a character building experience.

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