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  1. PeteBrooks
     
    They aren't doing *all* the races, but if you can find a stream of Channel 4, broadcast in the UK, you can see 10 of them live. They don't do the support races though.
     
    http://f1.channel4.com/
     
  2. PeteBrooks
     
    Seems like no-one can drive it anyway, its broken again!
     
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129045/more-honda-trouble-after-just-two-laps-of-test
     
  3. PeteBrooks
     
    Apparently he prefers the simulator, but Massa makes a very good point here about the tyres.
     
    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/129005/?_ga=1.103894144.1225765163.1492511932
     
    The first time he'll be on the new rubber will be first practice in Monaco. No run-offs, just concrete and metal barriers. He's given up the opportunity to test the limits on a much safer track, but cites that the two tracks are so different it wont help. I don't buy that....
     
  4. PeteBrooks
     
    Its actually quite astonishing how bad the Honda (F1) engine is, but as racers will slapping their name on the side of a car with an existing team really raise the moral (or the value) of Mclaren as a racing outfit?  
     
    There's more to this. My guess is Alonso has given them an ultimatum with respect to his contract. A lot of the top drivers have clauses in their contracts if the team don't perform to a certain standard. I bet is that he's flexing this, whatever the official line is.
     
  5. MuZo2
    And yet another bad day , day one of private testing at the Sakhir circuit and McLaren is still working to fit a new Honda power unit into the car for Oliver Turvey to add to the 2 installation laps the Brit did before a hydraulic leak forced the power unit swap.
     
  6. Hutnicks

    Easily going down as the longest long term failure in F1 history. At least all the rumors of Honda selling that engine to other teams have dried up. How McLaren can keep on down this road is mind boggling. The money they are losing must be reaching staggering levels by now.
     
    Lets remember this is Alonso, master of torpedoing his own career with the poorest choices a human can make at any given time. In spite of the hype, I really do not expect a whole lot at Indy. He does not really need to give them an ultimatum as he is out of contract end of season. With the grid so small in F1 now where would he go?  Full time Indycar is a step into obscurity.
     
     Given his history odds would be on his return to Ferrari.[​IMG]
     
  7. MuZo2
    Did you see Renault-Alonso rumor?
    http://www.planetf1.com/news/alonso-in-shock-renault-return/
     
  8. PeteBrooks
     
    Interesting, although probably not as much as a 'shock' as the journalist makes out. He'll be talking to all sorts of people given his situation.
     
  9. Hutnicks

    Given Renaults current level of performance that would only be a step up one spot on the grid or so. In other words it would be completely consistent with his career management thus far.
     
  10. oqvist
    But when he steps out of the car Mclaren honda will find form and take the WC :D
     
  11. Hutnicks

    Yup. They will pressgang Button back in and he will take his second championship.[​IMG]
     
  12. Muinarc
    Stoffel Vandoorne is already on his 5th MGU-H and 5th turbo unit? Good lord.
     
  13. Hutnicks
    Yes. That just keeps getting more and more painful. Come the next race they might as well just skip qualifying and save wear on the engines. They will both be at the back of the grid for the rest of the season no matter what.

    And back up are the Honda to sell the motors to other teams rumours. Oddly Honda wont mention names. Who in their right mind would drop a working motor for the incredible rotating time bomb?
     
  14. WraithApe
    Sauber was the rumour I heard yesterday. Kinda makes sense - you couldn't really make that team any worse...
     
  15. Hutnicks
    Still. They are managing to finish races which is something the Honda powerplant cannot seem to manage. 3 seconds a lap at Sochi is pure brutality. Alonso will be stressing that unit trying to retire the car.
     
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