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Nasr pins anti-Palmer tweet on ‘unauthorized’ access to account

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Recent Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr has apologized after a tweet to Renault about driver Jolyon Palmer was sent from his Twitter account, alleging it was done by someone with unauthorized access.

Nasr and Palmer enjoyed a bitter rivalry in GP2 in 2014 when they battled for the title, with Palmer eventually claiming the crown.

Nasr moved up to F1 in 2015 with Sauber, while Palmer followed suit one year later, joining Renault.

Nasr lost his seat at the end of last season to Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein, and is yet to appear in any other series.

Palmer has endured a point-less start to the 2017 season with Renault, finishing Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix in 13th place.

On Monday, a tweet was sent from Nasr’s account to Renault, saying the team should fire Palmer in favor  of the Brazilian.

The tweet was quickly deleted, with Nasr tweeting a few hours later that his account had been hacked.

Lesson of this story? Be careful who had access to your account. Well, that or make sure you pick the right account to tweet out from on TweetDeck…

Fernando Alonso completes first test with United Autosports

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Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso enjoyed his first outing with United Autosports, with whom he will contest the 2018 Rolex 24 at Daytona, in their Ligier JS P217 LMP2 chassis.

The McLaren Formula 1 driver completed the test at Motorland Aragon in Spain alongside co-driver Phil Hanson, who will be a teammate with Alonso at next year’s 24-hour Daytona enduro. Filipe Albuquerque, a former GT class winner at the Rolex 24, was also on hand to help Alonso and the team ahead of Alonso’s first run in an LMP2 car, which comes only a couple days after he made his LMP1 testing debut with Toyota. Albuquerque races with Mustang Sampling Racing in IMSA, but will return to United’s European Le Mans Series program for all but one race in 2018.

“I had a great first test with United Autosports. Obviously, we are on a really tight schedule between now and Daytona, but it was nice to jump in the car for the first time,” said Alonso, who will rejoin the team at the official Roar Before the 24 test on January 5-7.

Alonso added, “There’s quite a few switches and things to study so it was important to do this initial shakedown before Daytona, so I could fully learn about the car. I’m happy with everything – the car felt great and the team were fantastic. The atmosphere here is wonderful, like a big family, so today has been amazing. I cannot wait for Daytona.”

Team owner Zak Brown, who also serves as executive director of McLaren Technology Group and helps lead the McLaren Formula 1 effort, shared Alonso’s enthusiasm and was not surprised he was able to acclimate himself relatively quickly.

“Fernando’s first test with United Autosports went awesome as expected. He is a world champion and it is a pleasure to have him in our car,” he said of Alonso’s debut with the team.

Alonso is currently schedule to contest the Rolex 24 with the aforementioned Hanson and McLaren test driver Lando Norris.