Latest News

Thursday, 16 February 2017
No tyre problem in Vettel crash - Hembery
Pirelli prepares 'backup tyres' for 2017
Giovinazzi could replace Wehrlein in test
Bottas gets Rosberg's race engineer
Bottas plays down EUR 8m salary reports
Bottas says Hamilton 'welcomed me to team'
McLaren denies orange 2017 car 'leaked'
Insiders play down Ferrari rumours
F1 inches closer to European investigation
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Zanardi doubts Bottas can take on Hamilton
Pirelli wants wet track for Barcelona test
Fans to see 'real' F1 passing in 2017
McLaren 'neutral' amid F1 suspension battle
Boullier confirms colour change for McLaren
New McLaren 'a lot faster' - Vandoorne
Gutierrez eyes F1 reserve role for 2017
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
Rosberg predicts 2017 podium for McLaren
Bottas not settling for second place
F1 faces potential $168m fine - report
Suspension dispute still raging before test
Pirelli embracing 'challenge' of faster F1 - boss
Monday, 13 February 2017
Dallara hits out at F1's radical new rules
Physio doubts Alonso set to retire
Magnussen admits he voted against Halo for 2018
Giovinazzi not denying Friday practice rumours
Bottas targets beating Hamilton to 2017 title
Mercedes to consider Vettel for 2018 - Rosberg
'No bluffing' in 2017 test season - Lauda
Alonso not backing Brown's 'no wins' claim
Friday, 10 February 2017
Bottas hits back at Hamilton 'career killer' jibe
No more carmakers on F1 horizon - reports
Sauber to decide on 2018 engine supply - report
Perez backs Mexico GP anti-Trump campaign
F1 engines not ready to crack 1000hp - Abiteboul
Renault not replacing boss Vasseur - Abiteboul

News

Alonso not backing Brown's 'no wins' claim
2017-02-13

Feb.13 (GMM) Fernando Alonso is not willing to join new McLaren boss Zak Brown in playing down the chance of race wins in 2017.

As McLaren races into the post-Ron Dennis era, new team executive Brown rounded out last week by admitted: "We are not going to be winning any races" this year.

"I read what Zak Brown said, but who knows?" Speed Week quoted Spaniard Alonso as responding.

"I am keeping a positive attitude, preparing for the championship as intensely as ever, and I will do everything in my power," the two-time title winner added.

Alonso also responded to speculation that McLaren might be about to switch to an orange livery in 2017.

"I have read that it could be something orange, black or white," he said. "I asked Eric (Boullier) but he said I would see at the launch.

"What I hope is that it is fast," Alonso concluded.

He said he has been training hard for this year's faster cars, including 50 kilometres of cycling per day and over 5kms of daily running.

"90 per cent of the drivers on the grid have only driven an F1 car that is slightly faster than a GP2 car, but I have driven cars that we will never see again.

"If we are going to improve a few seconds this year maybe it will be similar, but I don't think it will radically change the physical requirement," Alonso said.

As for whether 2017 will be his final year in F1, the 35-year-old answered: "We'll see. We'll go step by step."