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With nothing to lose, Alonso wants McLaren to take every risk possible in China

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Fernando Alonso has called on McLaren to take every risk possible during this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix, saying the Formula 1 team has “nothing to lose” amid ongoing struggles with engine partner Honda.

Issues with the Honda power unit have left McLaren battling towards the back of the grid, appearing to take a step back from the progress that was made through 2016.

Alonso has been dragging the MCL32 car as far up the grid as he can, with his charge to P10 in Australia before retiring late on being deemed as exceeding the team’s expectations.

The Spaniard continued to impress in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, telling the team he was “pushing like an animal” en route to P13 on the grid, having little regard for pushing over the limit.

“[I took] all the risks that are available out there. There is nothing to lose for us,” Alonso told NBCSN after qualifying.

“If we have a spin, if we are on the grass for one moment, we abort the lap and we seem not to lose too much.

“The expectations before qualifying were very pessimistic, we were uncompetitive in FP3 and we thought that Q1 was our maximum target.

“But surprise surprise, we are 13th and we need to take this position and hopefully take any opportunity tomorrow.”

Despite lapping less than a second slower than Red Bull, Alonso said there was “not really” any comfort to take from the result, leaving him praying for rain in Sunday’s race.

“Yeah I think with dry conditions it’s unlikely we can score points, so I think wet conditions should help us,” Alonso said.

“We’ve raced here a couple of times in those conditions, so hopefully we can take advantage of those.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 1am ET.

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.