Fernando Alonso scores Ferrari’s season at 8/10

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Fernando Alonso has scored Ferrari’s season so far at 8 out of 10 during an interview with German broadcaster RTL.

The Spanish driver has claimed two victories, yet he still trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 34 points following a run of poor results in recent races. Regardless, Alonso is pleased with his performances so far this year.

“I think it has been good and I think we can give it an eight, a good score,” Alonso explained.

He did however concede that an improvement had to be made with the F138 car, but the two-time world champion refused to score himself.

“We definitely don’t have the quickest car, however, it is a very complete car, so I am pleased with it.

“As for myself, it’s not for me to give a number. I’ve definitely improved a lot since the early years, let’s say we are more complete, but there is always room for improvement race by race with experience, with everything.”

Ferrari will certainly be keen on winning in the next few races in order to prevent Vettel running away with a fourth consecutive championship.

Report: Ex-Formula 1 star Niki Lauda buys back airline he founded

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BERLIN (AP) Ex-Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda is buying back bankrupt Austrian airline Niki, which he founded 15 years ago before selling his stake in 2011.

The Austria Press Agency reported Tuesday that the 68-year-old’s company Laudamotion beat rivals including British-Spanish consortium IAG in the bid to rescue Niki. It didn’t give financial details of his offer.

The budget airline fell victim last year to the financial woes of its parent company Air Berlin, other assets of which have since been bought by Lufthansa and EasyJet.

Lufthansa dropped its bid to buy Niki after the European Commission raised competition concerns.

Lauda has not disclosed what plans he has for the airline going forward.