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Sport Alonso considered quitting F1 after troubled 2017

18:05  13 march  2018
18:05  13 march  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

Raikkonen leads Alonso on final day of F1 test

  Raikkonen leads Alonso on final day of F1 test Kimi Raikkonen topped the final day of testing ahead of the 2018 Formula 1 season, while Fernando Alonso was second fastest for McLaren. Raikkonen set his fastest lap of the day in the morning session on the hypersoft tyres, a 1m17.221s, which was within a tenth of a second of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel’s unofficial track record set on Thursday. Alonso posted a 1m17.784s with just over 10 minutes of the afternoon session remaining. However it was far from a positive day for the team, as Alonso completed just seven laps before causing a red flag. McLaren changed the engine and he had a more productive afternoon, though missed a large portion of the day, as its disappointing pre-season test comes to a close. Carlos Sainz Jr was third fastest for Renault, just over three tenths adrift of his fellow countryman. He had a troubled morning, spending the majority of the session in the garage with a gearbox issue. Daniel Ricciardo was fourth quickest in the RB14, but unlike the top three, his time was set on the supersoft tyres. Romain Grosjean was within a tenth of Ricciardo in fifth place. His time, a 1m18.412s was set on super-soft tyres. Valtteri Bottas drove the Mercedes in the afternoon, and his quickest time was 1.6s off Raikkonen, albeit on the medium tyres. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton focused on race simulations in the morning, ending up 11th on the timesheet. The Mercedes duo clocked up 201 laps between them.

A desire to win motorsport's biggest races outside of F 1 almost led to McLaren driver Fernando Alonso leaving the series.

A desire to win motorsport's biggest races outside of F 1 almost led to McLaren driver Fernando Alonso leaving the series.

fernandoalonso - Cropped: McLaren driver Fernando Alonso © Provided by Omnisport McLaren driver Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula One at the end of last season to pursue his Triple Crown dream, but decided he could not leave on a disappointing note.

McLaren have been beset by engine and reliability issues in recent years, leading to them switching suppliers from Honda to Renault for the upcoming season, and Alonso chalked up just 17 points.

The two-time F1 world champion skipped last year's Monaco Grand Prix in order to race the Indy 500.

That experience has whetted Alonso's appetite to add the Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours to his Monaco Grand Prix wins – and complete motorsport's unofficial Triple Crown – but he opted to remain in F1 for the time being.

Alonso fears squad depth has cost Chelsea this season

  Alonso fears squad depth has cost Chelsea this season Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso fears that a lack of squad depth has cost Chelsea the Premier League title this season. The Blues’ have barely put up a fight to retain their title this season, and are struggling to qualify for the Champions League, where they currently sit outside the top four in the Premier League table. Asked what has been the problem this season, Alonso said, as reported by MailOnline; “It’s difficult as there are so many games this year and we have not got the deepest squad, maybe, and we have had new players this year.” “We can only look forward and start fighting for fourth spot in the Champions League and try to win the FA Cup.” Chelsea have an FA Cup quarter-final game against Leicester on Saturday so it isn’t yet impossible for Antonio Conte to leave (presumably) at the end of the season without winning more silverware. However the Premier League is obviously the priority. Continuing, Alonso said; “I think there’s been a lot of positives in both games against Barcelona and I think we have to show this desire in the next games and make sure that we win every game.” “We showed until the last minute that we can play against any team and now we have eight finals and we have to make sure we play Champions League next year.” One of the biggest fears Chelsea face in not qualifying for the Champions League is the exodus of elite players, with Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois likely to leave without Champions League football. The pair are both stalling on signing new deals and Real Madrid are interested in both, while Paris Saint-Germain have made discreet overtures about a summer move for Courtois.

Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula One at the end of last season to pursue his Triple Crown dream, but decided he could not leave on a disappointing note. McLaren have been beset by engine and reliability issues in recent years

Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula One at the end of last season to pursue his Triple Crown dream, but decided he could not leave on a disappointing note. McLaren have been beset by engine and reliability issues in recent years

Speaking to F1 Racing, he said: "Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula One.

"After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came back there were a couple of races in Austria, Silverstone, when I thought, 'maybe next year I could try a different series; I could do full commitment to the Triple Crown and do Indy and Le Mans and maybe that's the best thing'.

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