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fernando alonso says engine blow-up honda’s problem, not his


by: reuters | barcelona | published:may 12, 2017 11:37 pm fernando alonso will go straight from barcelona to indianapolis to prepare for his debut in 500. (source: reuters)fernando 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...






more misery for indy-bound fernando alonso in russian grand prix


by: reuters | sochi | published:april 30, 2017 7:11 pm fernando alonso is due to race the indianapolis 500 instead of the showcase monaco gp. (source: ap)double world champion fernando alonso failed to start sunday’s russian grand prix due to an engine problem, the second race in a row that his struggling mclaren team have had just one car competing.the spaniard’s belgian rookie team mate stoffel vandoorne was absent from the grid in bahrain two weeks ago due to a problem with the honda power unit.alonso, who is due to race the indianapolis 500 next month instead of the showcase monaco grand prix, had qualified in 15th place in sochi.however, the car broke down on the formation lap at the pit lane entry, forcing the start to be aborted with the cars going around again as the unhap...






mclaren faces more woes as fernando alonso’s engine fails at bahrain grand prix


by: ap | sakhir | updated: april 16, 2017 12:02 pm mclaren struggled all of last season after switching back to honda engines. (source: reuters)fernando alonso must already be counting down the days until the indianapolis 500, given how frustrating formula one has become for the spaniard.the two-time f1 champion is making his indycar debut on may 28, and it probably can’t come soon enough.alonso’s engine failed early into qualifying on saturday for the bahrain grand prix, pushing him to 15th place on the grid for sunday’s race.neither alonso nor his teammate stoffel vandoorne won a point in the first two races of the season. with the belgian driver two places behind alonso on the grid, that is unlikely to change here.“it will be a long, hot and difficult one for both our drive...






fernando alonso’s mclaren gushes liquid in breakdown during practice


by: ap | montmelo | published:may 12, 2017 5:52 pm fernando alonso and mclaren are having a wretched 2017. (source: file)just when mclaren had nowhere to go but up, it sunk to a new low friday when fernando alonso’s first lap of practice for the spanish grand prix ended in a puff of smoke and a pool of engine fluid.white smoke enveloped the two-time former champion when his mclaren spun out of a turn and into the gravel at the start of the morning session at the circuit barcelona-catalunya.mclaren’s team radio told him to “stop the car, stop the car, engine problem” as liquid dripped from the underside of the vehicle.the drip turned into a gushing pour of yellowish liquid when a crane lifted the mclaren away from the track.by then, alonso was being ferried back to the paddock ...






all you need to know about indy 500, where fernando alonso missed out on a fairy


by: express web desk | published:may 29, 2017 1:02 pm fernando alonso indy 500 debut was an impressive one but ended in no fairy tale win. (source: reuters)on sunday fernando alonso went for glory in untested waters of the indianapolis motor speedway. the indianapolis 500, often shortened to indy 500, is quiet different from formula 1, where he has plied his trade for over a decade. alonso’s indy 500 debut was an impressive one but ended in no fairy tale win. instead, the happy ending was as realistic as it gets in the world of racing as his honda engine gave away in the middle of the race and he had to retire. alonso did say that while he couldn’t finish the race, he waswhat is indy 500? the indianapolis 500 is an annual race that is held in the  indianapolis motor speedway si...






no win but no regrets as fernando alonso returns to formula one


by: reuters | indianapolis | published:may 29, 2017 3:18 pm fernando alonso’s race finished in much the same way as many of his f1 efforts this year, in frustration and a blown engine with 21 laps remaining of the 200. (source: ap)fernando alonso left the brickyard on sunday without a fairytale victory to cap his indy 500 adventure but had no regrets as he prepared to return to his formula one day job with mclaren.alonso’s race finished in much the same way as many of his f1 efforts this year, in frustration and a blown engine with 21 laps remaining of the 200.criticised in some corners for chasing indy 500 glory rather than competing in the f1 glamour race at monaco, alonso said he would not have traded his experience for another drive around the glitzy mediterranean principality...






fernando alonso returns to mclaren with a deadline


by: reuters | montreal | published:june 9, 2017 12:50 am fernando alonso goal remains a third formula one world championship. (source: ap)fernando alonso returned to formula one from his indy 500 adventure on thursday with a warning for mclaren-honda that they need to be winning by september if he is to stay with the team next year.frustrated at frequent engine failures and a lack of performance along with regular grid penalties, the twice world champion made his feelings clear.“we have to win,” the spaniard told reporters at the canadian grand prix when asked what it would take to have him stay. “if we are winning before september, or something like that, i will make a decision i will stay.”that looks a very tall order for mclaren, the only team yet to score a point this seas...






fernando alonso gives mclaren till october to prove winning credentials


by: reuters | updated: may 12, 2017 12:32 pm fernando alonso, preparing for his home spanish grand prix, failed to start in russia last month.fernando alonso said he has given struggling mclaren until october to persuade him they can provide a winning car next year or else he will talk to teams that can.the double formula one world champion, preparing for his home spanish grand prix, failed to start in russia last month because of engine failure, a situation he described as “totally unacceptable”.mclaren has not won a race since 2012, and have struggled for performance and reliability since entering a new partnership with honda in 2015. meanwhile, alonso will be 36 in july and can sense time ebbing away.“my intention or first priority is to race next year here. and not only to r...






from french riviera to indy brickyard for fernando alonso


by: express new service | published:may 28, 2017 6:52 pm fernando alonso, whose mclaren-honda-andretti car will be fifth on the grid on sunday, will have to overcome the rolling starts and traffic of oval racing. (source: reuters)with the triumphs in monaco well behind him, f1 driver fernando alonso will skip sunday’s race and jump across the pond to try and win the second leg of the triple crown of motorsport — the indianapolis 500. here’s a lowdown.the 35-year-old rookie alonso, whose mclaren-honda-andretti car will be fifth on the grid on sunday, will have to overcome the rolling starts and traffic of oval racing. he can draw hope from alexander rossi — a f1 convert who won the race in his first season last year.origin the indianapolis motor speedway complex was built in 19...






after making run at indy 500 pole, fernando alonso to start 5th


by: ap | indianapolis | updated: may 22, 2017 1:49 pm fernando alonso was the first driver to top 231 on all four laps. (source: ap)two-time formula one champion fernando alonso will start fifth in his indianapolis 500 debut next weekend. he finished with a four-lap average of 231.300 mph in qualifying sunday _ after making an engine change.the spaniard was the first driver to top 231 on all four laps. it’s the first time he’s competed on an oval. “he’s proving why he’s one of the best in the world,” andretti autosport teammate alexander rossi said afterward.rossi ended alonso’s hopes of becoming the first rookie to win the pole. for a few minutes, alonso was on top of the indycar world.as the third of the nine drivers to make an attempt in the pole shootout, he became t...






fernando alonso returns to mclaren with a deadline


by: reuters | montreal | published:june 9, 2017 12:50 am fernando alonso goal remains a third formula one world championship. (source: ap)top newsfernando alonso returned to formula one from his indy 500 adventure on thursday with a warning for mclaren-honda that they need to be winning by september if he is to stay with the team next year.frustrated at frequent engine failures and a lack of performance along with regular grid penalties, the twice world champion made his feelings clear.“we have to win,” the spaniard told reporters at the canadian grand prix when asked what it would take to have him stay. “if we are winning before september, or something like that, i will make a decision i will stay.”that looks a very tall order for mclaren, the only team yet to score a point t...






f1 star fernando alonso gets taste of indianapolis oval


by: ap | indianapolis | published:may 3, 2017 9:37 pm fernando alonso hit the brickyard for his first drive around indianapolis motor speedway. (source: reuters)with ticket sales soaring for the indianapolis 500 in anticipation of his first start in the race, formula one star fernando alonso hit the brickyard on wednesday for his first drive around indianapolis motor speedway.after indycar driver marco andretti set up the no. 29 for andretti autosport, alonso strapped into the bright orange honda and hit the track and ran several laps, moving gradually past the 200 mph threshold to near 210 mph before heading to the pits.“he only has 20 mph to go,” indycar legend mario andretti said. “he’s getting the feel of it. he’s doing exactly what he needs to do. the experience that he...






jenson button set to start monaco grand prix from last place


by: reuters | monaco | published:may 27, 2017 6:52 pm jenson button is standing in for fernando alonso in the mediterranean principality. (source: ap)jenson button is set to start sunday’s showcase monaco grand prix from last place after mclaren’s engine partners honda detected a power unit problem that will incur a 15-place grid penalty. mclaren have not qualified higher than seventh on the 20 car grid in five races this season.button, the 2009 world champion and former monaco winner, is standing in for fernando alonso in the mediterranean principality while the spaniard competes in the indianapolis 500 on the same day.the penalty will only confirm in alonso’s mind that the double world champion, who has been the centre of attention at indianapolis, was right to miss monaco for...






sceptical jacques villeneuve lauds fernando alonso’s indy bid


by: reuters | london | published:april 22, 2017 4:12 pm fernando alonso, who races for honda-powered mclaren in formula one, will be at barber motorsports park in birmingham, alabama, this weekend. (source: reuters)jacques villeneuve has applauded fernando alonso’s gladiatorial spirit in chasing motorsport’s ‘triple crown’ but the retired formula one world champion and indianapolis 500 winner said he was sceptical about the spaniard’s chances.alonso, who races for honda-powered mclaren in formula one, will be at barber motorsports park in birmingham, alabama, this weekend to soak up the indy car atmosphere before competing in the indy 500 in may.a win on the famed brickyard oval would be sensational but the double world champion will still have to conquer the le mans 24 hour...






fernando alonso denies he will walk out on mclaren


by: reuters | shanghai | published:april 7, 2017 11:27 am alonso could only battle for the lower points positions, before dropping out of contention altogether and eventually retiring.fernando alonso is not ready to swap his recalcitrant mclaren for a supermarket trolley just yet, despite the formula one team’s troubled start to the season prompting speculation about whether the spaniard will see out the year.the double world champion and mclaren endured a frustrating season opening race in australia, following on from pre-season testing marred by a lack of power and reliability from their honda engines.alonso, despite putting in what he called one of the best drives of his career, could only battle for the lower points positions, before dropping out of contention altogether and eve...






fernando alonso ‘not comfortable’ yet at indianapolis 500


by: reuters | published:may 18, 2017 12:41 pm fernando alonso entered formula one in 2001 and won his titles with renault in 2005 and 2006. (source: reuters)fernando alonso said on wednesday he is not yet comfortable with oval racing as the spanish driver races to cram years of learning into a few weeks of preparation for this year’s indianapolis 500.alonso, a two-times formula one world champion who only settled into the cockpit of an indycar for the first time two weeks ago, said he has plenty of work to do before being ready for the may 28 race.“happy where i am now … but definitely not comfortable,” alonso told reporters ahead of wednesday’s practice at the sprawling 2.5 mile (4.02 km) oval speedway.alonso, 35, had his first test session in an indycar two weeks ago and o...






fernando alonso’s indy 500 car will go to his museum


by: reuters | barcelona | published:may 12, 2017 1:51 pm the spaniard, who entered formula one in 2001 and won his titles with renault in 2005 and 2006. (source: reuters)fernando alonso said on thursday he will get to keep the indianapolis 500 car that he races in later this month to add to his musem collection.“it’s coming. after the race the car will be in the museum as well,” the spaniard told reporters at his home grand prix on thursday.“every car i jumped in from 2004 or something like that, it’s always in my contract that it will be in my museum afterwards. this one is no different.”alonso is missing the may 28 monaco grand prix, formula one’s showpiece, to compete at indianapolis in a honda-powered mclaren indy car run by the andretti autosport team.the spaniard, ...






indianapolis 500 not trying to ‘poach’ f1 drivers after fernando alonso


by: reuters | woking | published:may 6, 2017 12:04 pm fernando alonso is skipping the showcase monaco gp to compete in indianapolis. (source: file)more formula one drivers may have the indianapolis 500 on their radar after double world champion fernando alonso makes his debut in this year’s race, indycar boss mark miles said on friday.he added, however, that there was no concerted effort to enlist their services.“i don’t think it’s a strategy for us,” said the hulman & co president and chief executive.“i think it (alonso’s decision to compete) was a unique set of circumstances in so many respects so we’re not going to be following the grand prix series around and trying to poach drivers.“i think more drivers will pay more attention to it and we’ll see what happens...






formula one master fernando alonso geared up for rookie indianapolis 500 run


by: reuters | published:may 24, 2017 2:15 pm fernando alonso surprised himself with his qualifying success for sunday’s indianapolis 500.twice formula one world champion fernando alonso surprised himself with his qualifying success for sunday’s indianapolis 500, but the spaniard knows his biggest challenge will come on race day.alonso, racing on an oval for the first time, averaged more than 230 miles per hour (370 kph) to qualify fifth fastest for a place in the second row in the 33-car field at indianapolis motor speedway.“i was a bit surprised,” the 35-year-old alonso told reuters on tuesday. “when we announced to come here one month ago, we did it without knowing how competitive we could be, if i was able to adapt to oval racing, to these cars.”a lack of experience may...






battling mclaren exceed rock-bottom expectations


by: reuters | melbourne | published:march 26, 2017 5:26 pm fernando alonso battled up to 10th and for a while was in contention to grab championship points at albert park. (source: ap)in a sign of how far mclaren have fallen, a retirement for fernando alonso and a last-place finish for team mate stoffel vandoorne exceeded expectations for the embattled team at the season-opening australian grand prix on sunday.the honda-powered cars had a dreary winter testing with slow times and an assortment of reliability problems, and the same problems played out through the race weekend in melbourne for the woking-based outfit.but twice champion fernando alonso, who qualified 13th on saturday, battled up to 10th and for a while was in contention to grab championship points at albert park.it all c...






fernando alonso to miss monaco gp to race in indianapolis 500


by: ap | published:april 12, 2017 8:18 pm it will the first race for fernando alonso in the biggest car race in the united states. (source: ap)two-time formula one champion fernando alonso will race for mclaren at the indianapolis 500 on may 28 in a surprise switch that will see the spanish driver miss the monaco grand prix on the same day. it will be alonso’s first drive in the biggest car race in the united states as he steps up his bid to win what he regards as the “triple crown” of motor sport: the monaco gp, the indianapolis 500 and the le mans 24 hours race.“it’s a tough challenge,” said the 35-year-old alonso, who has twice won in monaco and hasn’t competed at le mans. “but i’m up for it.”mclaren made the announcement on wednesday, saying the monaco gp will ...






indy king roger penske's big tick for formula one star fernando alonso


the most successful team owner in the history of the indianapolis 500 believes formula 1 star fernando alonso is capable of winning america's biggest race at his first attempt.roger penske, who is in perth to watch his supercars squad, has won a record 16 indy 500s and his team will again be a leading contender when alonso makes his debut in this year's event on may 28. fabian coulthard with roger penske at barbagallo raceway photo: getty imagesthe twice f1 world champion, who has struggled with the uncompetitive mclaren honda team since he moved from ferrari in 2015, will miss the monaco grand prix to contest the 500 in an entry run by leading indycar team andretti autosport.detroit-based penske, 80, is convinced alonso has a good chance of winning the indy 500 as a rookie, j...






last year’s crash the least of fernando alonso’s worries


by: reuters | melbourne | published:march 23, 2017 6:54 pm fernando alonso will give it no thought on his return to albert park this year. (source: ap)fernando alonso felt lucky to be alive after emerging unscathed from a spectacular crash during last season’s australian grand prix but the twice formula one world champion will give it no thought on his return to albert park this year.alonso clipped one of the haas cars at high speed going into turn three of his 18th lap and the impact sent the spaniard’s mclaren careening into a barrier before it flipped, rolled and flew end-over-end into another barrier.with debris scattered all over the track, alonso extracted himself from the wreckage and later said safety improvements had probably saved his life. returning to albert park on th...






fernando “animal” alonso unleashes wild side in chinese gp qualifying


by: reuters | shanghai | published:april 9, 2017 1:18 am when asked what animal he was pushing like, the 35-year-old replied: “a big one, an elephant, or something like that.” (source: reuters)twice formula one world champion fernando alonso unleashed his inner animal on saturday as he dragged his misfiring mclaren honda past the opening phase of qualifying for the chinese grand prix.“i am pushing like an animal,” alonso told his team over the radio after unexpectedly setting a time good enough to get him well clear of the elimination zone and into the top-10 in the opening part of the hour-long session.the spaniard eventually ended up 13th on the timesheets, failing to make it through to the final pole-position shootout phase.nevertheless, his was one of the standout performa...






fernando alonso views indianapolis 500 as important part of path to ‘best driver


fernando alonso during practice before the grand prix of bahrain on april 15. (srdjan suki/epa)leeds, ala. — fernando alonso sees the big picture. and now he wants the world to see it with him.he doesn’t care if you’re a formula one fan, an indycar fan or anything else. racing is racing, the spaniard said, and there is only one thing that matters: being the best in the world.that’s why the internationally known f1 star has decided to skip the monaco grand prix, cross the atlantic ocean and compete in the indianapolis 500. because when you get to be 35, you don’t have time to care about petty squabbles over which series is superior.“when you’re young, you’re focused on racing and winning and everything on the track side,” alonso told the indianapolis star on sunday before...






fernando alonso can master indianapolis 500 high wire act, says dario franchitti


by: reuters | woking | published:may 6, 2017 10:39 am fernando alonso hit the brickyard for his first drive around indianapolis motor speedway. (source: file)the indianapolis 500 is the tightest of tightropes but fernando alonso will take the dangers in his stride when he makes his debut this month, according to three-times winner dario franchitti. the retired scot warned the double formula one world champion to expect the unexpected and approach the race with subtlety and mental discipline.speaking to reporters at the mclaren factory, franchitti saw the risk of serious injury as less of a concern for the 35-year-old spaniard who has started 276 grands prix and is no stranger to accidents.“he’s a racing driver,” franchitti said when asked how big a gamble alonso was taking in mi...






all eyes on fernando alonso at 101st indianapolis 500


by: afp | indianapolis | published:may 27, 2017 11:14 am fernando alonso has been quick to get to grips with the indianapolis motor speedway. (source: ap)fernando alonso rocked racing when he opted to skip the monaco grand prix to run in the indianapolis 500, but the two-time world champion’s gamble was looking good as he prepared to swap one iconic venue for another on sunday.the spanish driver has been quick to get to grips with the indianapolis motor speedway, qualifying fifth for sunday’s 101st running of the indianapolis 500 to make the second row of the starting grid behind pole-sitter scott dixon of new zealand.“i want to make something clear. i am not coming for a ‘week off’ or to just have fun — i am a racer, i am coming to race,” alonso declared on the players ...






fernando alonso looks to return to work with indy 500 win


by: reuters | indianapolis | published:may 27, 2017 11:45 am fernando alonso was granted leave by mclaren to skip the monaco grand prix to chase indy 500 glory. (source: reuters)fernando alonso will be hoping to return to his mclaren formula one day job next week with an indianapolis 500 victory and another jewel in motor racing’s triple crown.for over a century the indy 500 has been a magnet to motor racing giants and thrill seekers eager to test their skill and bravery on the sprawling 2.5 mile oval known as the brickyard.dashing spaniard fernando alonso, a twice formula one world champion, is the latest driver to accept the challenge in a one-off bid to match the late briton graham hill – the only man to claim the triple crown of motor sport with victories at the monaco grand p...






fernando alonso enjoys ‘perfect’ indy car debut at indianapolis 500 test


indianapolis — what he wanted was to let it loose, but they wouldn’t let him. not right away.in order to complete indianapolis 500 rookie orientation, fernando alonso had to pass through three phases of increasing speeds (205-210 mph, 210-215 and 215-plus), and it only took him one hour to breeze through all three.but when he was asked how it felt to drive an indy car more than 200 mph for the first time in his life, alonso said, “it was fun, but now we start the real deal.”in the ensuing hours, he completed 110 laps and posted a top speed of more than 220 mph during wednesday’s test at indianapolis motor speedway. if alonso’s indy debut could have gone better, zak brown, executive director of mclaren technology group, is not sure how.“today went exactly as we could have hope...






fernando alonso says indianapolis 500 is even bigger than he thought


sochi | updated: april 28, 2017 1:27 am fernando alonso said that he is ready to learn as much as he can and hopefully be competitive. (source: ap)fernando alonso had a hunch that entering next month’s indianapolis 500 was going to be a big deal but on thursday he confessed to a misjudgement – the race was even bigger than he had imagined.speaking to reporters at the russian grand prix after attending an indycar race in alabama at the weekend, the double formula one world champion expressed surprise at the level of interest in the united states.“what is for sure is that the impression of how big is the indy 500 has increased in my opinion after these days, how the people get super-excited about the race,” said the mclaren driver.“these last three or four days, i walked in th...






fernando alonso sees indianapolis as a bigger challenge than le mans


by: reuters | published:april 24, 2017 1:22 pm fernando alonso sees next month’s indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the le mans. (source: ap)double formula one world champion fernando alonso sees next month’s indianapolis 500 as a bigger challenge than the le mans 24 hours sportscar race as he seeks to win motorsport’s famed ‘triple crown’.“the biggest task is definitely the indy 500 for a formula one driver,” the spaniard told reporters on a visit to barber motorsport park on sunday.“i think it’s quite different. it’s challenging … the level of downforce, the feeling with the car, running with a car that is not symmetric on the straights, on braking. traffic i think is a big thing…”alonso has set his sights on becoming only the second driver after t...






fernando alonso ready to pull off his greatest magic trick in the indianapolis 5


he is quite the amateur magician on the quiet, fernando alonso. a favourite pastime in his formula one motorhome is to impress friends, corporate guests and even the odd passing journalist with his slick conjuring tricks, which include multiple three-card sleights of hand.the passion was imparted by his uncle and he has since acquired a degree of talent that could rival that of fellow world champion nigel mansell, a fully-fledged member of the magic circle, who once held shows where he would use a stacked deck to make correct deductions of audience members' telephone numbers. centre of attention: fernando alonso. photo: apby far alonso's greatest act of sorcery, though, would be to pull off a victory in sunday's indianapolis 500, a veritable symphony of chaos at 370 km/h. for all t...






indy 500 pole sitter scott dixon wary of fernando alonso threat


by: reuters | toronto | published:may 24, 2017 3:21 pm fernando alonso has barely had any experience of riding in indycar traffic. (source: reuters)indianapolis 500 pole sitter scott dixon feels twice formula one champion fernando alonso, who is making his indycar debut on sunday, will be one of the main threats to his chances of winning the greatest spectacle in racing.alonso slipped into an indycar for the first time three weeks ago but the accomplished driver qualified for the 33-car race with the fifth fastest time and starts in the second row.“he’s done amazing and, to be honest, to win the race he’s going to be one of the guys you’re going to have to beat,” dixon, a four times indycar series champion, told reuters on tuesday during a promotional indycar stop in toronto...






fernando alonso says he will quit f1 if season expands to 25 races


by: reuters | montreal | published:june 9, 2017 2:51 pm fernando alonso started when the calendar was 16 races, plus the tests. (source: reuters)top newsdouble world champion fernando alonso said on thursday he would not stick around in formula one if the calendar grew to 25 races a year. the 35-year-old, whose future at under-performing mclaren is already uncertain beyond this season, was asked at the canadian grand prix if it was true he had told spanish television he would retire rather than do such a number of races.“yes,” he replied.“i started when the calendar was 16 races, plus the tests,” continued the spaniard. “now we keep on increasing the races year after year and i think we are in a number that is quite demanding already.“the preparation, the sponsor events, t...






fernando alonso sets hectic schedule ahead of indianapolis 500


by: reuters | manama | updated: april 13, 2017 10:27 pm fernando alonso outlined a busy agenda at the bahrain gp ahead of a string of races on two continents. (source: ap)fernando alonso’s in-flight movies will be all about the indianapolis 500 for the next few weeks as the double formula one world champion gears up for a challenge that he is far from ready for.the spaniard outlined a busy agenda to reporters at the bahrain grand prix on thursday ahead of a string of races on two continents.alonso’s mclaren team announced on wednesday that he will miss the showcase monaco grand prix to race in the 101st edition of the u.s. race, with a car run by last year’s winners andretti autosport.“next weekend i will be in alabama just visiting the race and meeting the team members to see...






jenson button surprised by fernando alonso’s indy move


by: reuters | monaco | published:may 25, 2017 3:46 pm jenson button said he would like one day to compete in le mans, another leg of the famed triple crown of motorsport along with indy and the formula one world championship. (source: reuters)jenson button was surprised by fernando alonso’s decision to race in sunday’s indianapolis 500 and said on wednesday he had no desire to emulate his former team mate.the briton, formula one world champion with brawn gp in 2009, is replacing alonso at mclaren in sunday’s monaco grand prix after the spaniard opted to compete at the brickyard on the same day.“indy’s not really been something that i’ve thought about. personally, i was surprised that fernando was interested in doing it but we all like different things,” the 37-year-old t...






rain that sparked wednesday flooding expected to linger into thursday


p o: melissa phillip image 1of/106captioncloseimage 1 of 106a man walks from his flooded suv after getting stranded along stancliff near 59 and west bellfort wednesday, feb. 18, 2017. ( melissa phillip/ houston chronicle) weather0118a man walks from his flooded suv after getting stranded along stancliff near 59 and west bellfort wednesday, feb. 18, 2017. ( melissa phillip/ houston chronicle) weather0118 p o: melissa phillip image 2 of 106houston firefighters work on helping people stuck on 288 out of their cars off the flooded freeway on wednesday, jan. 18, 2017, in houston.houston firefighters work on helping people stuck on 288 out of their cars off the flooded freeway on wednesday, jan. 18, 2017, in houston. p o: elizabeth conley, houston chronicle image 3 of 106people wait for the wat