RE: McLaren to sport farewell livery for Alonso

RE: McLaren to sport farewell livery for Alonso

Thursday 22nd November

McLaren to sport farewell livery for Alonso

Departing two-time champ's car gets a mild makeover to mark his 314th and final GP



This weekend, Fernando Alonso will race in his 314th and very last Grand Prix as a Formula 1 driver. To mark the departure of the two-time champ from the F1 grid in Abu Dhabi, McLaren will decorate car 14 with stripes and logos in Alonso's colours, blue, red and yellow. Team boss Zak Brown said the changes, which were apparently welcomed by the FIA, will help to make this an "especially emotional" send-off for the Spaniard. Fitting - although we suspect Alonso would've preferred to be given a bit more downforce and some extra horsepower...

Alonso recently said that he's happy with all that he's achieved in F1, and yes, two world titles and 32 wins is pretty good going. But many (almost certainly including Alonso himself) believe he never reached his full potential, having been stuck in uncompetitive cars for a large portion of an 18-season career. Two titles could have so easily been three, four or maybe even five, because he finished second in the standings three times, each only a few points away from the top spot. Alonso's latest stint at McLaren, which started in 2015, pretty much sealed his fate. We haven't seen the 37-year-old on the podium since 2014.


But before we get the tiny violins out, remember that Alonso is not technically retiring. He already has his sights set on a new motorsport challenge, the Triple Crown. To become only the second person after Graham Hill to win that, Alonso must win the Monaco GP, Le Mans and Indy 500, the first two of which he's conveniently already done, with two wins in Monte Carlo and a 2018 win at the 24-hour race with Toyota Gazoo this June. Next year, he'll return to Indianapolis with McLaren to chase the final piece of the puzzle - something nobody in their right mind would bet against him doing successfully. He's also not written off a return to full-time single seater racing in 2020.

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simonbamg

Original Poster:

172 posts

59 months

Thursday 22nd November
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another special edition for everyone to moan about

ntiz

416 posts

72 months

Thursday 22nd November
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simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
laughlaughlaugh

Gandahar

5,996 posts

64 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Alonso gets a farewell livery for F1 but does not get a 21 gun salute in Indycar due to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnnXc3T_pK8

Meanwhile, redemption man

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/45639663

Who would have thunk it ?? laugh

One driver treated his team and suppliers badly and one driver got treated badly by the team.


Guess which is in F1 2019 ?






paulyv

563 posts

59 months

Thursday 22nd November
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I'd suggest silver with a green flash here and there as it appears to make the cars significantly faster.

jet_noise

2,937 posts

118 months

Thursday 22nd November
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ntiz said:
simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
laughlaughlaugh
rofl

Fine work

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Mafffew

1,216 posts

47 months

Thursday 22nd November
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simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
laugh

HardtopManual

1,071 posts

102 months

Thursday 22nd November
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When you have so few sponsors that you can repaint half the car...

steveb8189

188 posts

127 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Side question but does anyone know how these cars are actually "painted"? Is it a wrap or stickers or are each of these pieces actually sprayed?

DaveTheRave87

1,087 posts

25 months

Thursday 22nd November
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simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
clap

Grahamdub

1,373 posts

79 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Needs a "My other car is a Toyota and it's a lot faster" sticker

Emeye

7,853 posts

159 months

Thursday 22nd November
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HardtopManual said:
When you have so few sponsors that you can repaint half the car...
I thought Zak Brown was supposed to be a Marketing/sponsorship guy? - he seems to be completely fking MaccyLaren F1 while trying to deflect attention from his failings with marketing smoke and mirrors.

jds32

347 posts

83 months

Thursday 22nd November
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steveb8189 said:
Side question but does anyone know how these cars are actually "painted"? Is it a wrap or stickers or are each of these pieces actually sprayed?
They are sprayed.

Matt_E_Mulsion

15 posts

1 month

Thursday 22nd November
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It'll look really smart...

...as they are pushing it into the pit garage halfway through the race.

garypotter

961 posts

86 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Sadly running at the back of the field it will only get TV coverage when being lapped, oh please Mclaren sort out your car for next year.

Gandahar

5,996 posts

64 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Emeye said:
HardtopManual said:
When you have so few sponsors that you can repaint half the car...
I thought Zak Brown was supposed to be a Marketing/sponsorship guy? - he seems to be completely fking MaccyLaren F1 while trying to deflect attention from his failings with marketing smoke and mirrors.
If only Sergio Marchionne was here to put the head of a prancing stallion in his bed to wake up to.....

Gorbyrev

1,022 posts

90 months

Thursday 22nd November
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simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
And one from me. I salute you sir! clap

Robert-nszl1

217 posts

24 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Reading the BBC 4 part Alonso story, while we all recognise that he has probably been unlucky in not winning more titles, he clearly hasn't been the easiest high calibre driver to deal with. And F1 is a team sport; so while the greats outperform their machines, they also need to persist with teams that aren't always competitive. So while he might have been unlucky in his choices, the theme has been of a man none of the teams missed when he moved on (even when taking into account his return to Mclaren) . I think the point I'm trying to make is that clearly on his day he has been one of the fastest drivers of all time...but his temperament has never leant itself to a career that matches the other greats.

skylarking808

194 posts

22 months

Thursday 22nd November
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Always thought he was a gnarly and tenacious driver when he put his mind to it.

Not quite as good as Graham Hill though IMHO - one of my racing hero's; yet Alonso may get that triple crown....

jzakariya

36 posts

54 months

Thursday 22nd November
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McLaren celebrating ending his career.

HardtopManual

1,071 posts

102 months

Thursday 22nd November
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simonbamg said:
another special edition for everyone to moan about
And only the chosen few (well, one) can even get an allocation from McLaren, so why bother reporting it?

Probably get flipped.