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#F1 McLaren has clarified Fernando Alonso's crash in Barcelona occurred due to unpredictable gusty winds at the circuit and confirmed the Spaniard is making a "solid recovery" in hospital.

McLaren Team statement : "Over the past 24 hours, we have been carrying out a detailed analysis of the damage to Fernando's car, and its associated telemetry data, in order fully to understand the cause, or causes, of his accident, Even at this early stage, we have been able to reach some firm conclusions. His car ran wide at the entry to Turn 3 - which is a fast uphill right-hander - allowing it to run onto the Astroturf that lines the outside of the track. A consequent loss of traction caused a degree of instability, spitting it back towards the inside of the circuit, where it regained traction and struck the wall side-on. Our findings indicate that the accident was caused by the unpredictably gusty winds at that part of the circuit at that time, and which had affected other drivers similarly (eg, Carlos Sainz Jnr). We can categorically state that there is no evidence that indicates that Fernando's car suffered mechanical failure of any kind. We can also confirm that absolutely no loss of aerodynamic pressure was recorded, which fact indicates that the car did not suffer any aerodynamic loss, despite the fact that it was subjected to a significant level of g-force. Finally, we can also disclose that no electrical discharge or irregularity of any kind occurred in the car's ERS system, either before, during or after the incident. That last point refutes the erroneous rumours that have spread recently to the effect that Fernando was rendered unconscious by an electrical fault. That is simply not true. Our data clearly shows that he was downshifting while applying full brake pressure right up to the moment of the first impact - something that clearly would not have been possible had he been unconscious at the time. In hospital a thorough and complete analysis of his condition was performed, involving CT scans and MRI scans, all of which were completely normal. In order to provide the privacy and tranquillity required to facilitate a peaceful recuperation, he is being kept in hospital for further observation, and to recover from the effects of the medication that successfully managed his routine sedation yesterday. We intend to give him every opportunity to make a rapid and complete recovery, and will evaluate in due course whether or not he will participate in the next Barcelona test."
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Make it so, please.

And bring GP2 and GP3 on the trip too
 
#F1 Malaysian Grand Prix promoters are yet to agree a contract extension with F1's commercial rights holders, but they are hoping for a new three-year deal.

SIC Chairperson: "The talks are centred on an agreeable price for organising the prestigious race for the next three years, We also have to take into consideration the current economic volatility... for now we have not made any decision yet (on extending the contract). We have to ensure the negotiations proceed smoothly."
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Having seen a photo of the crashed car (showing little damage), I'm at a loss as to how it got serious enough for the helicopter ride.

Matteo's reaction seems a bit too happy and smiley too.

Very odd.
 
Skysports coverage on Fernando Alonso's crash

#F1 #Alonso #Testing2015
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Possible battery fumes causing him to faint.
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#Maldonado  topping the timesheets in Barcelona Testing has me a little worried. 

Does this mean that he will screw races up by taking out cars at the front, rather from the midfield?

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Poor Seb, you're screwed :)
 
#F1 Formula 1 drivers will be banned from changing helmet designs in-season under new rules set to be introduced this year
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It got a bit much I think, and Seb took it to extremes. I'd still prefer a maximum of, say, 3-4 design changes per season to allow for things like "ForzaJules" type situations.
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Americans are only just catching up to F1 Aero of the mid 90s...

How long until an IndyCar has a tea tray on the engine cover?
 
[OT] Chevrolet reveals its IndyCar aero kit for 2015

+Chevrolet has released the first images of the aero kit that it will use on road/street courses and short ovals in the upcoming IndyCar season.

The new bodywork replaces the standard DW12 aero package designed by Dallara, and includes aggressively redesigned front and rear wings and endplates, a resculpted engine cover and sidepods, prominent winglets on the front wing, sidepods and bumper pods, and a multi-element upper rear wing.

#Racing   #IndyCar   #Aero   #Chevrolet  
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#F1 Red Bull has dropped a firm hint that it may switch to a short Williams-style nose this season as Formula 1 teams continue to hunt for the best solution.

chief engineering officer Rob Marshall : "Of the few different noses we tried, it's the one we like best at present, No doubt there'll be other ones in the future, and I'm sure other teams will be preparing other noses, wings and god knows what else. What you see on the first day of the first test isn't what we'll always roll out later on. We had a number of different options, and we started our crash testing programme a while ago, We hit some problems and we needed to try some easier ones and some harder ones. In truth, we got [to Jerez] by the skin of our teeth - not because our crash testing programme didn't go very well, because it did - but because as usual we started on the design of the car very late."
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#F1 Manor's hopes of making it onto the 2015 Formula 1 grid have been boosted by the FIA making clear it will keep the entry list open as long as possible.
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