Fernando Alonso's much talked about return to McLaren after five frustrating seasons at Ferrari seems to have backfired so far but former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard doesn't feel sorry for the multi million pound worth Spaniard.
One word seemed to encapsulate Fernando Alonso`s Malaysian Grand Prix weekend. The comment, posted on Twitter under a photograph of the sweaty Spaniard walking in his McLaren overalls past the Ferrari garage and the Italian team`s smiling mechanics, was simple: `Ouch`.
McLaren`s sense of foreboding from a dismal winter testing was confirmed at the Australian Grand Prix on Friday as drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen languished near the bottom of the timesheets in the opening practice sessions of the season.
Formula One governing body FIA are seeking further information from the McLaren team about driver Fernando Alonso`s heavy crash during testing last month that led to the Spaniard suffering temporary memory loss.
Sebastian Vettel is convinced Ferrari have a better car than the one that stuttered through a winless season last year but has played down his team`s chances of upsetting Mercedes at Sunday`s season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
More than 25 years have passed since the names Prost and Senna shared one of Formula One's most celebrated intra-team rivalries at McLaren -- the partnership is now set to resume on March 22 in the first round of Brazil's 2015 Stock Car Series in Goiania, in Brazil.
McLaren start the Formula One season in Australia with star signing Fernando Alonso absent and recovering from concussion, a Honda engine that has yet to run sweetly and a car that has spent more time in the garage than testing on track.
Celebrated F1 driver Lewis Hamilton might have won the World Championship last season but he is still hungry for more races, involving battling and overtaking and wants more competition in this year's Formula One season that gets underway in Melbourne on March 15.