McLaren: woes to continue

I’m not sure what has been worse in this new era of Formula 1: watching both minnows Manor Marussia and Caterham bow out due to financial troubles or see Fernando Alonso’s soul die as McLaren Honda produces a car of minnows.

Or is this the Fernando Alonso curse? The biggest threat to Alonso has been himself in recent years – leaving teams which have thereafter been successful title contenders. But if I was Alonso in 2013 and heard the ever successful Honda and McLaren were teaming up again after such a long absence in F1 I too would have left Maranello for Hondo Motor Co. Alas, what an abysmal partnership it has been. After week after week and now season after season of empty promises I find it hard to see how Alonso can keep the faith on seeing a turnaround.

It just doesn’t seem like we will see a McLaren Honda turnaround from the rear of the grid to Ferrari-beating positions at all.

After a competitive run with Andretti at Indy 500, Alonso seems to be considering other options but who will take him? In my view any team is a possibility except for Red Bull who like to breed their young through the Toro Rosso team. That leaves some contenders:

  • Ferrari;
  • Mercedes;

Well there is no one else, is there? Given the lack of success of the Silver Arrows on this year’s new regulations and wider wheels (and hence Hamilton’s start at 14 at the grid) it becomes another gamble for Alonso.

Does Ferrari give way to Kimi to seat Alonso and attempt managing the relationship between Sebastian and Alonso? I cannot see any other option for Fernando. Bottas and Hamilton will inevitably continue in the Silver Arrows for 2018.

As for the remainder of the season I think McLaren Honda need to deliver some top 5 finishes to grant Alonso the confidence to re-sign for another season.

I dare say the only option on the table today for Alonso is to quit Formula One altogether and chase Indy glory.

Championship winner this year? Webber’s mate.

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Down and (probably) out

 

132-113. The Warriors ran away with it at the end of the third and went on a 10-1 run at the start of the fourth with LeBron on the bench.

KD – that’s the difference this year (sorry to sound cliche and blatantly obvious). We all anticipated this during the regular season. He has been chasing LeBron for almost all of his career and he is two games away from securing his first ring.

But can KD be stopped? I am not sure. He is revelling among his new cast which gives him the confidence to be free and play without the pressure of holding a city on his shoulders.

I think the Cavs need their bench to fire. LeBron has been carrying the team over the last two games and I don’t think Thomson and JR have combined for more than 15 points across these two games. Back at home to “Defend the Land” both Uncle Drew and Kevin Love need to earn their keep together with either JR or Deron adding stats off the bench. Remember Richard Jefferson last year? His energy was fantastic and swung the momentum in the favour of Cleveland.

I thought the Cavs would take it in 5 but LeBron looked tired after Game 2. Harrison Barnes, Chef, and Klay went cold half way through the 2016 Finals but without some support I am sorry to say the Warriors will sweep away the Cavs in 4 games. Yep, that’s going to 16-0 this Finals. Unbelievable.