In the round-up: Fernando Alonso admits McLaren’s planned upgrade for this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix could be negated by rivals’ developments.

What they say

Alonso is wary many of McLaren’s rivals will have upgrades this weekend:

Obviously in Barcelona there is a new aerodynamic package coming but I think 95% of the package is bringing a new aero package to Barcelona so maybe the gap just remain as it is, or we just recover a little bit, or just lose a little bit more ground. Who knows. It’s up to us to make that package work and deliver expectations and hopefully some others don’t deliver.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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Renault explains where it is lacking compared to F1’s big three (ESPN)

“We are still massively behind in terms of production and I was touching briefly before on the fact that we are still not great over the winter in developing a car that is immediately in the level of our expectations. One of the reasons for that is the fact that we are still much weaker than the other teams in terms of production facility, we are much slower.”

Button on Alonso challenge and McLaren’s season (Sky)

“He’s not just quick. He’s a very clever driver, he’s got the experience and he is always there. If you have a great day, you might out-qualify him and you might have a great race but he will always be on your heels. He very rarely has a bad race, which is tough when you’re team mates with him.”

‘Exposed’ Renault starts Sainz contract talks (Autosport)

“If we want to seduce drivers like Ricciardo – maybe Ricciardo, but maybe other drivers – the first thing that we need to do is to to get our stuff right.”

Casting an eye over the F1 media landscape (F1 Broadcasting)

“Very few (newspapers) have someone dedicated to F1 like in yesteryear. As one might expect, the expense of sending someone on site outweighs the amount of readers likely to view or read the following article.”

Black Book Motor Sport Forum (2018)

This year’s key speakers will include F1 commercial managing director Sean Bratches, IMG motorsports global head Paul Bellamy and others.

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