Fernando Alonso’s penalty debacle exposed another weakness in FIA regulations: PlanetF1

The “is-he-or-isn’t-he?” by Fernando Alonso. The podium at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix dealt a serious blow to the FIA’s attempts to be seen as a more effective authority. Coming home with a comfortable third place on track in Saudi Arabia, Fernando Alonso took the podium alongside the two Red Bull drivers and joined the … Read more

Mike Krack on ‘ambiguous’ FIA rules for car work during penalty time : PlanetF1

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack has called the regulations around working on a car during a penalty period “a bit ambiguous” after Fernando Alonso nearly lost his Saudi Arabian P3 GP. Alonso finished Sunday’s race at the Jeddah circuit in third place, 5.1 seconds ahead of George Russell, only to be informed after podium … Read more

Why the FIA ​​stripped Fernando Alonso’s Jeddah podium…then gave it back : PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso was reinstated in third place at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, after receiving a post-race time penalty that dropped him to fourth place. Alonso finished third in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, stepping onto the podium behind the victorious Red Bull drivers and joining in the champagne celebrations. However, shortly after that celebration … Read more

Fernando Alonso focuses on trio of teams behind with Red Bull ‘in another league’: PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso starts alongside Red Bull’s Sergio Perez on the front row in Jeddah but doesn’t expect to challenge for victory. Red Bull predicted the peloton would bring them back for the Saudi Arabian GP after dominating Bahrain’s season opener, but Bahrain winner Max Verstappen was giving reason to believe the opposite was true as … Read more

But Mercedes says 50% is their car: PlanetF1

Fernando Alonso isn’t fazed by Red Bull’s copycat comments on his AMR23 as he says the differences are obvious, especially as Mercedes also claim “half” the car is theirs. Alonso took to the podium on his debut for Aston Martin, with the two-time world champion joining the two Red Bull drivers in the champagne celebrations … Read more

James Vowles identifies two clear factors behind Aston Martin push: PlanetF1

Williams team principal James Vowles was asked about the significant progress made at Aston Martin this season, and he attributes it to aerodynamic development and having an “outstanding driver” in Fernando Alonso. Alonso has worked his way onto the Bahrain Grand Prix podium, with Aston Martin producing a car in 2023 that has proven capable … Read more

‘Copying Aston Martin, no silver bullet’ as Mercedes scrambles to save 2023 F1 season: PlanetF1

Respected Formula 1 technical analyst Craig Scarborough has dismissed suggestions that Mercedes could copy Aston Martin’s car as a “quick fix” to their problems at the start of the 2023 season. After being limited to just one win last season, Mercedes were set to return to title contention in 2023, but their performance in the … Read more

Jolyon Palmer wouldn’t bet against Fernando Alonso’s wins this season: PlanetF1

Bahrain Grand Prix star Jolyon Palmer says Fernando Alonso has “lost none of his skills or his appetite” and he backs the Aston Martin driver to claim the 33rd victory this season. Alonso’s performance in the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday night was the highlight of the race as the two-time world champion battled his … Read more

Do you think the Aston Martin hype is Wolff’s biggest challenge? : PlanetF1

Max Verstappen started the 2023 Formula 1 season finishing last by winning the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Red Bull team-mate Sergio Perez second and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso third. But it was a troubling day for Ferrari and Mercedes, whose problems at the Sakhir circuit looked suspiciously like their 2022 flaws. Here are our findings … Read more