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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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How McLaren has changed perceptions with ‘World’s Fastest Gamer’

Video games have come a long way in a short space of time. As technology has developed the archaic Space Invaders has been replaced by games which place realism and immersion at the heart of the gameplay. Racing games are no exception.

McLaren’s World’s Fastest Gamer contest has offered gamers a unique opportunity to prove that their virtual skills can be utilised by a professional¬†race team at the pinnacle of motorsport. The winner,¬†Rudy van Buren, a former Dutch karting champion, can become a pioneer as motorsport has suddenly become more accessible.

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Why Sainz’s Renault switch solves issues at four teams

Despite 2018’s front running seats being locked down by their incumbents, it appears that a midfield shuffle is about to be triggered by Carlos Sainz Jr. Bizarrely, it would seem that power unit politics is the factor that is set to fuel a move for Sainz from Toro Rosso to Renault for 2018.

It is a switch which makes perfect sense, as it benefits all five parties that are either directly or indirectly involved; Red Bull, Renault, Toro Rosso, the beleaguered McLaren and Рmost poignantly РSainz himself.

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