Fernando Alonso exclusive: F1’s returning champion talks Renault 2021 move

first_img Simon Lazenby caught up with Fernando Alonso ahead of his return to Formula 1 with Renault next season “Honestly, I expect to be straight up to speed,” stated Alonso. “But I’m aware of the challenge that maybe I face in the first couple of races. Not only on pure speed, but also on procedures, steering wheel commands, things that are new for me and could take some time. I’m aware that I could struggle a little bit.“But I want to think that it will not happen.”‘Stopwatch will decide when I stop, not third title’Alonso has signed an initial two-year contract with Renault, meaning he is set to race until at least the age of 41. But, when asked if he will keep racing until he secures what feels like a long-overdue third title, he said his competitiveness will be the deciding factor, not championships.“I don’t think I will target a certain result before I stop,” he told Lazenby. “I think in motorsport, the stopwatch tells you when it is time to stop, not the age. I hope the stopwatch is on my side in the next coming years.” But he also knows he needs more track time, adding: “When you go out of the sport for two years and then you drive a Formula 1 car again, everything surprises you like the first time. I need those laps now.“The simulator is good until a certain point, but then you need the physical effort of the car, the G-forces, the training of the neck. I need as many laps as possible.”First few races could be a ‘struggle’… but will they be?That’s not to say Alonso expects to be rusty when he does get started officially next year – even though he acknowledges that it could be a ‘struggle’. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Talks between Renault and Alonso ramped up after Daniel Ricciardo’s surprise confirmation, back in May, that he would be leaving for McLaren, before a reunion between the French team and the driver who claimed their last two Drivers’ Championships in 2005 and 2006 was announced in July.With Renault fifth in last year’s constructors’ standings, they didn’t appear to have what Alonso has always stressed would be key for him making an F1 comeback – a winning package – but he insisted to Simon that, with new rules on the way in 2022, they are the perfect fit.“[They were the preferred choice] for two reasons,” he continued. “One, in terms of expectations and building something from the midfield to the top, it was very attractive, very appealing. And secondly because I know everyone in this team. I know the passion for racing. It’s the third time I come here and I knew I would feel at home here.”Renault are leading the midfield this season, currently third with four races to go, so the signs for Alonso – a man who has famously not had luck on his side with career decisions in the past – are promising. They will be known as Alpine next season and, presumably, a convenient return to a blue livery.Renault car ‘amazing’ but he ‘needs laps’Alonso stepped up his preparations for 2021 with a filming day in Barcelona last month, completing 21 laps in the team’s current car.“It was amazing,” he said. “It was quite an experience.” 5:17

The winter senior program brings 30 guests from Scandinavia and Germany to Dubrovnik

first_imgWith a large number of destinations that are regularly connected to Dubrovnik during the winter, from Monday, January 14, begins the charter program of arrivals of senior groups from Scandinavia and Germany, which will bring over 11 visitors to Dubrovnik by May 30. This prolongs the season, the length of stay of guests, increases tourist spending and satisfaction with the destination, as well as the key problem of mass tourism that is present in Dubrovnik. This is called strategic and sustainable development, not that Dubrovnik sees only itself and within its “four” walls. OVER 30 THOUSAND VISITORS FROM SCANDINAVIA AND GERMANY Photo: Pixabay.com An excellent program and an example of how the season is extended, ie in this case we can talk about a high pre-season. Also, it should be praised that Dubrovnik is a place of arrival and departure as one of the main motives for arrival, but as part of the program sells the whole of Dalmatia and it is an example of how destinations must cooperate. Especially Dubrovnik, which must use its media and financial power to sell and brand the wider area of ​​Dubrovnik, ie the entire Dubrovnik County as well as Dalmatia.center_img It is a journey that begins and ends in Dubrovnik, during which guests will also visit Ston, Makarska, Trogir and Split. He will spend two nights in Dubrovnik in the Dubrovnik hotels Hotel Rixos Libertas, Hotel Lero, Hotel Villa Paradiso and hotels from the Valamar group.  This year, over 30 visitors are planned to arrive by May 11, 2019, while next year the plan is to bring up to 65 visitors, according to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board.  Organized by the travel agency WTouristic, a member of the Karaci group and RSD Reisen from Germany, the winter program of senior group arrivals from Germany and Scandinavia with one charter per day starts on Monday, January 14, until February 11, when it will start arriving twice a day until 11:2018. .May. The winter program began in October XNUMX, after which it was briefly redirected to Split Airport due to works at the Dubrovnik airport.last_img read more

IMCA Modifieds roar at Thunder Mountain in Empire State Series opener

first_imgCENTER LISLE, N.Y. (May 24) – Touring IMCA Modifieds race for $750 to win when the 16th an­nual Empire State Series opens Saturday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, Allstar Perfor­mance State and track points will be awarded for the May 27 event. The feature pays a minimum of $80 to start and there is no entry fee.Pit gates at Center Lisle open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and free for kids ages 10 and under.More information about the opening night show at Center Lisle is available by calling 607 725-1402 and at the www.thundermtnspeedway.net website.Five previous Empire State Series events have been held at Thunder Mountain, the most recent of them in September of 2010.2016 Empire State Series top 20 point standings – 1. Brad Sites, Monroeton, Pa., 356; 2. Tyler Stoddard, Binghamton, 338; 3. Keith Jack Lamphere, 303; 4. Gary Roberts, Afton, 289; 5. Matt Cole, Vestal, 270; 6. James Cornell, Port Crane, 258; 7. Beau Ballard, Grand Gorge, 257; 8. Brad Smith, Horseheads, 251; 9. Eddie Sites, Towanda, Pa., 246; 10. Michael Stoddard, Binghamton, 209; 11. Will Ward, Cobleskill, 201; 12. Rodney Morgan, Mainesburg, Pa., 197; 13. Brandon Smith, Bath, 178; 14. Robert Maynard, Towanda, Pa., 147; 15. Ray McClure, Troy, Pa., 139; 16. Bumps Scutt, Groton, 130; 17. J.C. Austin, Campbell, 103; 18. Jeffrey Cardinale, Syracuse, 102; 19. Douglas McKane, Groton, and Gary Smith, Harpursville, both 90.last_img read more

14th International Kickboxing Cup BiH Open ‘Bihać 2013’ has opened

first_imgOn Saturday, 6 April, in the sports hall ‘Luke’ in Bihać, the 14th International Kickboxing Cup BiH Open ‘Bihać 2013’ , which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in April has opened.Technical organizer of the tournament was Kickboxing centre ‘Bihać’ and more than 500 participants from Macedonia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Hungary, Finland, Germany, and BiH participated, while the tournament was opened by Smail Toromanović, advisor to the head of Bihać municipality.He congratulated the organizer of the tournament on hard work and added that these sports events will be supported by the head of Bihać municipality in times to come.last_img read more

Only a few more sleeps until horn sounds on 2016 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon

first_imgSunday is the big day of the Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon — set for Sunday, July 31 at 8 a.m. — when hundreds of athletes will begin the race in Kootenay Lake.Some of the competitors will challenge the short course of 500 metre swim, 22 kilometer ride and five km run run.However, some take on the main Olympic Course race of a 1.5 kilometre swim a 39 km cycle and 10 km run while others hook up for the team event.In 2015, Dallas Cain of Rossland was once again back in the winner’s circle ran away with the men’s long course top prize while Rookie triathlon competitor, Isabel Ramsay of Calgary, who has relatives in Nelson, was the top woman in the Olympic Distance race.For complete information go to the Nelson Cyswogn Fun website. There’s only a few more sleeps until the horn sounds for the 2016 Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun triathlon.last_img read more