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Former Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Mika Hakkinen has cast doubts about McLaren F1’s immediate return to the top despite securing a new deal to reunite with Honda in 2015, in a deal that will see the Japanese manufacturers provide engines for the team.
The Japanese manufacturing giants and McLaren formed a formidable partnership with the British team in the 1980s and 1990s when they enjoyed considerable success in the sport before Honda decided to go solo and enter a team of its own.
Following its withdrawal, Honda will return to the sport after a six year absence and wants to return with a bang and they want McLaren to return to the top very soon.
McLaren has not won a race in the last two years and this new engine supply deal with Honda is seen by many as the final piece of the jigsaw as the British team looks to bounce back from its miserable run of form and return to the top where fans think it belongs.
However, the former McLaren driver Hakkinen doesn’t think it will bear fruit as immediately as many people have touted it to. The Finnish driver has stated that the return of Ron Dennis was an important decision for the team and his return has seen the team move in the right direction once again.
He said that he had worked with several engine manufacturers during his time in the sport but added that after a change of engines, they were never satisfied in the first year.
Hakkinen went on to add that based on his own experiences, it would be a minor miracle if Honda managed to return McLaren to the front of the grid in its first year but they have vast experience in racing and he wouldn’t completely rule it out.
Nick Heidfeld is trying to make his mark in Formula E presently. He has been involved with teams like Prost, Sauber, Williams, Jordan and Renault. He was identified early as a talent in driving during the German Formula Ford seasons. Over the years he improved into a complete driver and made his debut in Formula One. But he failed to win any of the championships. The years that he has spent in the circuit earned him thirteen podium finishes but he failed to capitalize on that. His final stint was with Renault and since then he has been in the World Endurance championship. Although he is a German racing driver but Nick Heidfeld lives in Switzerland.
Nick Heidfeld had a lucky escape in the last race in which he competed. He crashed his car against that of Nicholas Prost. The car went flying as he tried to overtake him. Prost will be under scrutiny as his own conduct in the whole matter seems to be quite dicey. Nick confronted him immediately after the crash. Thankfully he did not pick up any major injuries. The Formula One crash of Jules Bianchi brought back his memory. It was a terrible event. The driver is now in critical condition. Although enough heed is paid to the safety of the drivers in racing but incidents such as these always triggers the debate regarding safety issues. The FIA is looking into the matter to settle matters for once and all. But the sport being concerned so much with speed such things are bound to happen. This however will not deter the fans from enjoying the race. The sheer flow of adrenaline is a very important factor for each and everyone associated with it and this will die away if precautions like speed limits are taken into account.
Former two time Formula One Drivers’ World Championship winner Fernando Alonso is all set to relinquish his seat with Ferrari and drive for his former team McLaren F1 in 2015.
Although the reports have not been confirmed yet, there are several sources claiming that an agreement has already been reached between the two parties with only the minor details left to be ironed out. The new regulations with the engines have taken its toll on Ferrari, which is the oldest team remaining in the sport at the moment from its glory days of the 1960s and with just five races of the season left, they are fighting it out with the likes of Williams and Force India for fifth position in the Formula One Constructors’ Championship standings.
With a lot of changes at the backroom staff as well as the stepping down of president Luca di Montezemolo after 27 years at the helm of the team, the departure of Fernando Alonso comes as another piece of bad news for fans of the Prancing Horse. Continue reading 'Fernando Alonso to quit Ferrari for McLaren'»