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Sport Alonso considered quitting F1 after troubled 2017

18:05  13 march  2018
18:05  13 march  2018 Source:

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.

Formula One. F 1 , Fernando Alonso , McLaren Honda, Quit . “ I ’m curious to see what the cars will be like in 2017 , I ’ll get into one and then think about the future.” “ I don’t know what I ’m going to do after 30 years at the wheel, but when I stop, it’s over, no turning back”.

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.

Real Madrid star eager to complete summer PL move as Arsenal and Liverpool consider bids

  Real Madrid star eager to complete summer PL move as Arsenal and Liverpool consider bids Arsenal will look to add to their midfield in the summer and reports have suggested that the Gunners are eyeing a shock swoop for former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric. The 32-year-old has spent the best part of six years at Real Madrid following a £27m move Tottenham in August 2012 and has been an integral part of their success in recent years, helping them win three Champions League trophies. However, Zinedine Zidane is planning a huge overhaul of his ageing squad this summer and Modric could be one of the names told to pack their bags, and the former Dinamo Zagreb standout is keen on a return to the Premier League. According to Diario Gol, both Liverpool and Arsenal are interested in bringing the midfield maestro back to the Premier League, and Modric is particularly keen on returning to London where he spent four great years. Arsenal do need some midfield additions in the summer to help build towards a real push for the top four and potentially more next season but it could be tricky persuading a former Spurs fan favourite to come to the Emirates.

Kimi Raikkonen considered returning to F 1 retirement after his disastrous 2014 season, according to a Spanish sports daily. It came after an horror 2014 for Raikkonen, who was thrashed by his now-departed former Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso .

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso considered quitting Formula 1 at the end of 2017 to pursue his dream of winning motorsport's unofficial triple crown. "Yes, I did think about the possibility of changing series and stopping Formula 1 ," he told F 1 Racing. " After I did the Indy 500 last year, when I came

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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