McLaren confirm Alonso in ambassador role, testing duties confirmed

Fernando Alonso has been confirmed as a McLaren ambassador following his departure from racing in Formula One.

The two-time champion will help advise the engineers and drivers in the team as well as test the 2019 and 2020 cars.

This perhaps will keep Fernando’s foot in the door if he decides to make a full racing comeback in 2021.

“Fernando is part of the McLaren family. He has set his place in the team’s history and continues to write his chapter of the McLaren story,” said McLaren Racing Chief Executive, Zak Brown.

“So it is entirely appropriate that we formalise his status as a McLaren ambassador, joining another double champion, Mika Häkkinen.”

Fernando will be racing with McLaren in this years Indy500 as he looks to become only the second driver in history to take the coveted triple-crown.

“Becoming a McLaren ambassador is a true honour. It is a special team, and despite the challenges we have endured recently, it remains so.” Said Fernando Alonso.

“We have the Indianapolis 500 in May of course, which I am looking forward to immensely, but this is just the beginning of many things we can do together.”

“I am particularly passionate about nurturing young talent, whether that’s with my own team or helping the new generation of Formula 1 drivers at McLaren unlock their true potential.”

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Alfa Romeo officially revealed in first day of testing

It’s the first day of pre-season testing and Alfa Romeo have officially revealed their 2019 challenger.

Shots of the Alfa were released on Thursday during their shakedown in a camp livery but the official livery with the car was revealed today.

This is the first season with Alfa Romeo as the entry name, relocating Sauber whose name had been present in F1 since 1993.

Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi form an all new lineup at the Swiss team as they target the top end of the midfield.

See images of the first Alfa Romeo in 3 decades below:

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2019 Ferrari breaks cover

Runners up in 2018 Ferrari are the latest team to reveal their title challenger.

There has been some reshuffling in Ferrari management over the winter as the Italian team looks to win it’s first constructors championship since 2008 and drivers championship since 2007.

Charles Leclerc joins the team after just one season in the sport. Leclerc is one of our drivers to watch this season but will need to beat 4-time champion Sebastian Vettel in equal machinery if he wants to win the title.

See images of the SF90 below:

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McLaren MCL34 revealed

McLaren’s 2019 challenger has been revealed, after a disappointing 2018, McLaren hopes that the MCL34 is the beginning of their road to recovery.

Continuing with the Papaya and Blue colour scheme from last year, McLaren certainly have one of the best liveries on the grid.

For the first time since 2007 McLaren have a new driver lineup in Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

See images of the MCL34 below:

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Red Bull reveal RB15 in “one-off” livery

Red Bull have released the first image of the RB15 in a special livery ahead of the 2019 season. Much like last season Red Bull have released the first images of their car in a special livery but wont be the one used for the entire season.

This will be the first Red Bull car powered by Honda and the Milton Keynes based team have been very bullish about their prospects for 2019.

Gasly also makes the step up from Toro Rosso after impressing in his first full season, Max Verstappen will also be aiming for the title fight this season if the Honda engine delivers what Red Bull Expect.

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Significantly re-designed Mercedes engine for 2019

As competition closes up, Mercedes are set to run a significantly re-designed engine for 2019. Renault are claiming “substantial” gains on their engine for 2019 and with Red Bull boasting the progress Honda have made as well as Ferrari to no doubt make gains, Mercedes need to keep progressing the engine if they wish to stay at the front.

Mercedes engine operations chief Andy Cowell has confirmed some of the changes made to this years engine: “We’ve made changes to the cooling architecture of the power unit, which hopefully provide aerodynamic benefit on the car and also provide efficiency benefit on the power unit – so, hopefully a win on both the chassis and on the power unit.”

“Right at the heart of the power unit is the conversion of fuel into heat release in the combustion chamber and useful work out of the crankshaft.”

“We have made steps on the combustion efficiency and on the ERS system. The marriage between the turbocharger assembly with the MGU-H, the inverter, the cells and the MGU-K: that whole system is now capable of operating more efficiently and helping with energy deployment through a race.”

Although there a no changes to engine regulations itself this year there have been changes to the amount of fuel permitted in the car for the race, increasing the maximum fuel allowance to 110kg from 105kg last year.

Andy Cowell has already revealed that some may not opt to run 110kg still due to the weight penalty this adds.

“If you have got an efficient engine with efficient aerodynamics and you are prepared to do a little bit of lift and coasting, then you have the opportunity to start the race at less than 110kg, for every 5kg of weight you save, it’s about two tenths of a second a lap quicker, so there is a natural reward to starting the race a little bit lighter.”

“There is still a competitive edge from making an efficient car – both power unit and aerodynamics – and racing smartly to make sure that you have good pace at the start of the race as well as through the race.”

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Mercedes W10 revealed

Reigning champions Mercedes are the 5th team to unveil their title challenger ahead of the 2019 season.

Mercedes look to win their 6th drivers and constructors championship in succession which would set a record in itself. Mercedes will be expecting a tougher challenge from Ferrari this year and will need to once again raise the bar if it wants to stay at the top.

The livery revealed is different to recent years with more grey and the iconic silver arrows logo plastered over the engine cover.

Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is once again joined by Valtteri Bottas who has a point to prove this season after a lacklustre 2018 saw the Finn fail to win a single race. Esteban Ocon now fills the role of reserve driver and will be eager to get plenty of track time in the W10 as he aims to return to the grid in 2020.

See more images of the W10 below.

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