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2016 Racefans Top 10 F1 Drivers

2016 Racefans Top 10 F1 Drivers

  2016 Formula 1 Top Ten Drivers 1. Daniel Ricciardo 1 win, 1 pole position, 7 podiums, 4 fastest laps (256 points 3rd in the Championship) Following a disastrous season in 2015 in which the Red Bull Racing team were persistently hampered by the unreliability of their Renault engine, the Milton Keynes crew had very … Continue reading

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Pascal Wehrlein will miss this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix as the German continues to work on his return to full fitness following his accident at the Race of Champions event in Miami in December last year. Wehrlein pulled out of the 2017 Australian Grand Prix after declaring that he was not 100% fit enough to compete in the race. By stepping down, Wehrlein allowed for the Ferrari reserve driver Antonio Giovanazzi to make his Formula 1 debut (the first since Lucas Di Grassi at the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix), the Italian driver narrowly missing out on Q2 on Saturday and a points finish on Sunday.

The fallout from the disastrous form of McLaren Honda in 2017 has damaged not only the reputation of the Japanese engine suppliers ability to construct a competitive and reliable engine in accordance with the current specifications, but has now made at least one journalist re-assess the manufacturers previous successes in the sport. In an article by Glenn Freeman entitled 'McLaren should aim to be the new Williams' Freeman questions the quality of Honda's achievements in Formula 1 between 1985 - 1992 pointing out that Honda's success "only came to the fore once pioneers in that area (turbo technology) such as Renault and BMW started to ease away from F1" and that once the sport moved away from turbo technology "it didn't take long for Renault to surpass it as the leading force...". The article highlights the further extent of the damage caused by Honda's continued involvement in the sport. No one doubted that Honda's intermittent participation in the sport over the last twenty years has had minimal success, but very few would've called into question its halcyon days. Such is there current performance that nothing would appear off limits.

Fernando Alonso has stunned the motorsport world by announcing that he will contest the 2017 Indy 500 at the expense of competing at the Monaco Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso will contest the event in a sixth car fielded by Andretti Autosport. The Andretti Autosport team competes in the Verizon Indycar Series with Honda engines. The announcement can be described as a number of things; Honda publicity stunt... Alonso enthusiasm enhancer. Anyway you look at it, it is a desperate attempt by both McLaren and Honda, that will likely see the partnership continue to under-perform albeit before a wider audience.

MotoGP World Championship

Three time MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo has continued to struggle with his new works Ducati ride following a first lap crash at Round 2 in Argentina. Lorenzo, who had ridden for the works Yamaha squad for the first nine years of his MotoGP career, has never finished lower than fourth in the championship standings.

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