After Struggles, Vettel Wins Pole In Singapore

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MARINA BAY, Singapore — Despite the best efforts of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel won his 49th pole position on Saturday for the Singapore Grand Prix. “Yeah, it’s a long lap,” Vettel said. “There are a lot of corner – a lot of things to get right, and equally a lot of things you can get wrong. No, I’m …

McLaren Announces Honda Split, Toro Rosso Announces Honda Partnership

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MARINA BAY, Singapore – After three years, McLaren announced Thursday that the team will end its partnership with Honda at the end of the season. The team sits ninth in the Constructors’ Championship with 11 points. McLaren Group Executive Chairman and Executive Committee principal Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa said the team and Honda feel that it is time …

VASC: Sam Michael Joins Triple Eight Race Engineering

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SOUTHPORT, Australia — Former Formula 1 engineer Sam Michael is to lend his experience and knowhow to Triple Eight Race Engineering Australia with immediate effect. Taking a part-time mentoring role with the Team, Michael joins Triple Eight as the team rolls out a number of new engineering appointments over the next three months. Michael has enjoyed a highly successful, 21-year …

F1: Alonso Medically Ruled Out of Bahrain Grand Prix; Vandoorne to Substitute for McLaren-Honda

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – official series release — Clive Mason/Getty Images AsiaPac photo — McLaren’s Fernando Alonso will miss Sunday’s Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix on medical grounds. Following an examination at the track on Thursday morning, it was decided that Alonso had not fully recovered from the specatcular crash two weeks ago in the Australian Grand Prix — one that saw …

F1: McLaren-Honda Confirms Button as Team Driver for 2016 World Championship Season

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WOKING, England – official team release — McLaren photo — Despite retirement rumors, McLaren-Honda has confirmed that 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will remain with the team for the 2016 season. “Over the past month or so I have done quite a lot of thinking, and it is no secret that I was at one point in two …

F1: Alonso Set for Return to McLaren-Honda in Malaysian Grand Prix

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WOKING, England — official team release — Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo — McLaren-Honda announced on Monday that, subject to a successful final FIA medical assessment on Thursday at the Sepang International Circuit, Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit of the MP4-30 for this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix. “Since his Barcelona testing accident, Fernando has followed a rigorous, specialised training …

Open Wheelin’ Blog: The McLaren Mystery and the Puzzle Behind Medical Secrecy in Auto Racing

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Blog by Race Chaser Online Open Wheel Correspondent Joel Sebastianelli — Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo — The Formula One season opening Australian Grand Prix is just over one week away, but something about the first race doesn’t feel right. For the first time since 2000 (excluding the 2005 United States Grand Prix farce), the lights will extinguish …

F1: Alonso to Miss Season-Opening Australian Grand Prix on Doctors’ Advice; Magnussen to Sub

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WOKING, England — official team release — Dan Istitene/Getty Images Europe photo — Fernando Alonso will miss the Formula One season opener in Australia on March 15 following his testing crash in Barcelona, Spain last week. Following a series of tests and scans, doctors have determined Alonso is asymptomatic of any medical issue and they see no evidence whatsoever of any …

F1: Fernando Alonso Released From Hospital Following Crash in Barcelona Testing

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BARCELONA, Spain – official team release – Mark Thompson/Getty Images Europe photo – Following his testing accident at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya last Sunday, McLaren Honda F-1 driver Fernando Alonso left the hospital on Wednesday. He has returned to his family’s home in Spain for further rest and recuperation. As a result, Alonso will sit out this week’s final winter …

F1: McLaren Officially Unveils MP4-30; Red, Black and Silver Scheme Highlights Renewed 2015 Partnership

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WOKING, England — official team release — McLaren photo — McLaren-Honda – a name that evokes memories of the past; of Ayrton Senna battling Alain Prost for supremacy; of classic red and white machines dominating for season upon season; and of an iconic team writing one of the defining chapters in the motor racing history books. History brings with it …