Alonso sees 'close action' in F1 with new rules, but not in 2022

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Alonso sees 'close action' in F1 with new rules, but not in 2022

Fernando Alonso is confident that F1's upcoming regulation overhaul will tighten the field to offer multiple teams a shot at winning races, but the Alpine charger doubts it will happen at the outset in 2022.

Formula 1's was initially scheduled to undergo a reset at the start of 2021, but the onslaught of the global Covid-19 pandemic and its financial heavy impact on the sport forced a raft of regulation changes to be delayed by twelve months.

Last year, when Alonso announced his return to the grid with Renault in 2021, the two-time world champion targeted the second year of his comeback as an opportunity to fight for race wins once again.

But a few months into the 2021 season, the Spaniard expressed some reservations about the chances of success spreading to multiple teams in 2022 based on F1's new set of rules.

"In terms of fighting for the championship and other possibilities, [it's] difficult to know," said Alonso, quoted by Motorsport.com on next season's prospects.

"I think the first year [of new rules], there is always one team that gets something extra when there is a new regulation set, that interprets the rules a little bit different and maybe get an advantage.

"But, hopefully, after two or three years, that new set of regulations that comes in 2022 will [mean] very close action between many teams and is better for the future.

"So, I don't know if it will come in 2022, but for sure it will come - this close competition.

"Because I think all the regulations are made to cover all the clever things as many as possible and make all the performance parts of the cars quite standard for everybody and try to have a better and a closer competition."

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Alonso readily admits that 2021 is a "post-Covid preparation year" for most F1 teams, including Alpine. But that doesn't take anything away from the 39-year-old's competitive edge.

"Every weekend you are on a racetrack, you are just a competitive person and you want to deliver and you want to race and you want to perform well," he said.

"But, on the overall picture, yes, 2021 is preparation year – it's no doubt.

"I think everybody on the grid, after the delay of the 2021 rules into 2022, we understood and we accepted that 2021 is preparation year, is a post-COVID season with more or less similar cars of last year.

"And it's a season to test things like the sprint races. It's a test season, in a way, for many things.

"Just waiting and hoping for 2022 not [being] continuation, maybe revolution in 2022 - that's what we will want."

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McLaren goes retro for Monaco with one-off Gulf livery!

McLaren and sponsor Gulf Oil unveiled on Sunday a one-off special powder blue and papaya livery for next... The post McLaren goes retro for Monaco with one-off Gulf livery! appeared first on F1i.com.

McLaren goes retro for Monaco with one-off Gulf livery!

McLaren and sponsor Gulf Oil unveiled on Sunday a one-off special powder blue and papaya livery for next week's Monaco Grand Prix that will celebrate the two companies historic partnership.

McLaren and Gulf Oil first came together in the late 1960s and continued their partnership into the 1970s, with the pair enjoying success together in F1, Can-Am and IndyCar, achieving over 40 race wins.

The association was then renewed at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the 1990s, with the famous McLaren F1 GTR running in Gulf colours throughout the decade.

At next week's fifth round of the 2021 F1 World Championship at Monaco, McLaren's pair of Mercedes-powered cars will revive Gulf's classic design, while drivers Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo will carry the iconic colors on their race suits and helmet.

Furthermore, Norris and Ricciardo's helmets featuring bespoke retor designs specially created for the event will raffled for the team’s mental health charity partner, Mind.

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"This will be McLaren’s homage to Gulf’s celebrated race car design," said McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown. "We’re enormous fans of brave and bold design, and the striking Gulf blue is among the most loved liveries in racing, a celebrated piece of culture which transcends the world of motorsport.

"Design has always been important to McLaren – you see this in everything we do from our return to papaya to our stunning headquarters, the McLaren Technology Centre.

"We’re excited to exhibit this as a team and celebrate our proud association with Gulf in Monaco."

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Mike Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Oil said:

"Gulf and McLaren have a relationship that dates back to 1968 and is one of the most successful partnerships in motorsport.

"We are incredibly excited to pay tribute to this heritage with our classic livery design at the Monaco Grand Prix, the most spectacular and stylish event on the Formula 1 calendar.

"To see the reaction of both Lando and Daniel as well as the whole McLaren team to this livery has been really special and we are thrilled to unveil it to motorsport fans around the world.

"The distinguished racing blue and fluro orange Gulf colourways are iconic, so to mark our return to Formula 1 and showcase the livery in Monaco with McLaren is a great celebration of our bold and colourful place within the sport."

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