It’s Honda’s problem, not mine, says Fernando Alonso

first_imgFernando Alonso spent more time on the tennis court than driving his ailing McLaren on Friday, with his tilt at the Indy 500 looking ever more inviting after another dark day on the Formula One racetrack.Alonso’s home fans had barely settled in their seats for practice at the Spanish Grand Prix before his car’s Honda engine blew in a mess of smoke and oil. Liquid then poured out of the car as it was tipped up by a recovery crane.Having failed to start in Russia two weeks ago due to an engine failure on the formation lap, Alonso departed the Barcelona circuit after a few choice words and later posted a picture on Instagram of himself playing tennis.”The engine was not good enough. We came out of the pitlane and there was a hole in the engine, and the oil was streaming out. It blew up after 400 metres,” Alonso told reporters after returning for the second 90-minute practice session.He was last on the timesheets and reported that the engine was even slower.If the tennis photo looked like a dig at Honda, accompanied with the seemingly sarcastic comment “keeping the body active”, he said that had not been his intention.”I have very little time in these weeks, with travelling, with planes,” said the 35-year-old, who will go straight from Barcelona to Indianapolis on Sunday night to prepare for his debut in the 500 on May 28.”So when I discovered that I had two hours free, instead of being on the sofa and watching television, I went for some training. My dedication is still 100 percent to my fitness and my preparation.advertisement”It wasn’t humour to go outside the circuit to play tennis, it was preparation. People got it wrong. I went out to have some fun and escape the circuit.”McLaren, the second most successful team in Formula One history in terms of race wins, have yet to score a point in four rounds of this year’s championship and are last in the standings.Honda’s Formula One reputation, after two seasons of unreliability and poor performance, is meanwhile being dragged deeper into the mud.Alonso is out of contract at the end of the season and has said his future whereabouts would depend on who could offer him a winning car.”It’s not my reputation, it’s theirs (Honda’s) — and it’s their money, and their image,” he said. “I try to drive as fast as I can but it’s a much bigger problem for them.”last_img read more

Atletico vs Barcelona: Team news & TV

first_imgBarcelona Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 17:00 10/14/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Atlético Madrid Primera División The Blaugrana will face their toughest test of the season so far when they take on Diego Simeone’s men at their new Wanda Metropolitano home Barcelona will face the biggest challenge of their season so far when they visit the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atletico Madrid on Saturday night.The Blaugrana have a perfect record of nine wins out of nine in all competitions since losing the Supercopa de Espana but have not played either Madrid club since.They will make the trip to Atleti’s new digs for the first time looking to put nine points between themselves and Diego Simeone’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Game Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Date Saturday, October 14 Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Luis Suarez BarcelonaIn the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football or by stream via Sky Go.In addition, dabblebet customers with a funded or active account can watch and bet on Atletico against Barca live. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Football Sky Go In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television on beIN Sports and by stream via beIN Sports Connect. US TV channel Online stream beIN Sports beIN Sports Connect SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Atletico players Goalkeepers Moya, Oblak Defenders Godin, Luis, Savic, Lucas, Juanfran, Gimenez Midfielders Thomas, Koke, Saul, Carrasco, Gabi, Gaitan Forwards Griezmann, Torres, Correa, Gameiro Simeone has already named his 18-man squad, which is listed above.Sime Vrsaljko is unavailable due to a hamstring problem and Diego Costa will not be able to play until January, but otherwise the Argentine has a full complement at his disposal.Augusto Fernandez will not be involved as he builds up his fitness after a serious knee injury, while Luciano Vietto has struggled to impress of late and misses out.Potential starting XI: Oblak; Gimenez, Savic, Godin, Luis; Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Gameiro. Position Barcelona players Goalkeepers Ter Stegen, Cillessen Defenders Semedo, Pique, Mascherano, Alba, Digne, Vidal, Umtiti, Vermaelen Midfielders Rakitic, Busquets, D. Suarez, Iniesta, Paulinho, Roberto, Gomes Forwards L. Suarez, Messi, Deulofeu, Alcacer, Ousmane Dembele, Arda Turan and Rafinha all remain sidelined for Barcelona.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will almost certainly start up front despite their exertions this week in World Cup qualification, but who joins them up top is up for debate.Sergi Roberto could be handed a more advanced role away from home but Aleix Vidal, Denis Suarez and Gerard Deulofeu are also options.Potential starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta; Roberto, Messi, L. Suarez.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are 7/5 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Atletico priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 23/10.Click here to view dabblebet’s full selection of available match markets.GAME PREVIEW Ivan Rakitic Barcelona 12092017Ernesto Valverde could not have hoped for a much better start to his time in charge of Barcelona, but a tough month awaits.The Blaugrana will play seven games over the next 20 days before the November international break, with the Champions League back on their schedule and the Copa del Rey soon to get underway.In La Liga, Barca have this trip to Atletico Madrid and another difficult one in Bilbao at Athletic Club. They also play Sevilla at home.They will hope to rotate to a certain extent, at least, in a winnable European double-header against Olympiakos and in that first cup tie against Real Murcia, who play at a lower level than their B team.It will be particularly interesting to see how Lionel Messi is handled after some of the most trying – but in the end, brilliant – international games of his career.Valverde will be relieved, at least, that his star man has avoided another round-the-world trip for an inter-confederation play-off next month.last_img read more