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Alonso feels Singapore Turn 1 crash cost him F1 podium shot

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Fernando Alonso was left disappointed after getting caught up in the multi-car crash at the start of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, believing he could have ended his Formula 1 podium drought had he stayed out of trouble.

Starting eighth on the grid, Alonso made a lightning start in greasy conditions after rain to run alongside the Red Bull and Ferrari cars at the front of the pack.

A clash between Max Verstappen, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen was the main point of focus off the line, only for Alonso to get tagged in the aftermath.

After being clouted by Verstappen’s car, Alonso’s McLaren was popped into the air before coming down on its wheels, allowing him to continue.

A number of problems emerged as a result of the damaged sustained, though, forcing Alonso to ultimately retire from the race.

“The start was amazing. The car launched amazingly well,” Alonso told NBCSN after the race.

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong moment. Kimi and Verstappen crashed and it hit us.

“Arguably we could be leading the race because we were in front of [Lewis] Hamilton. Podium possibility missed.

“Hopefully we finish off the bad luck this year.”

Without a podium since 2014, McLaren has endured three difficult years with engine partner Honda, with Sunday’s race in Singapore appearing to be its best chance this season of a big haul of points.

Stoffel Vandoorne did give the team some solace, taking his best F1 result in seventh to increase its constructors’ total to 17 points for the season. McLaren executive director Zak Brown also joined the show twice; his first interview is below.

MRTI: Telitz gets creative to help racing career

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To say that Belardi Auto Racing’s Aaron Telitz has endured a difficult start to the 2018 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season would be an understatement. The Wisconsin native only completed four corners through the first three races – Races 1 and 2 at St. Petersburg, and Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park – with St. Pete being especially problematic.

He took the pole for Race 1, but a crash during qualifying for Race 2 prevented him from actually starting. What’s more, the damage was so severe that the Belardi team needed a brand new chassis, with Telitz’s Dallara IL-15 damaged beyond repair.

They also had to borrow a car from Carlin for Race 2, but Telitz’s race ended after he got tangled up with Victor Franzoni in Turn 2 on Lap 1.

With the damage bill well into the six figures as a result, Telitz has taken to some unique, or rather, creative ways to raise money in the aftermath to help cover the costs. “Creative,” in this case, meaning Telitz is using his art skills.

An artist in his spare time, Telitz has begun selling his own original paintings to help raise money.

 “I’ve been to a lot of art shows and I see stuff and I go, ‘Holy cow, someone’s going to pay a thousand dollars for that thing?’” Telitz quipped in a story posted on the Milwaukee Journal.

In discussing his artistic abilities, Telitz added, “I’m working at getting better. I’d like to be able to paint some animals, those types of things. I got a request from Alexander Rossi to see if I could paint his dog. Unfortunately I can’t do that yet.”

Further, in a partnership with The Styled Garage, Telitz is selling his own merchandise, and accepting donations, to help his cause.

Telitz finished fourth in Race 2 at Barber on Sunday, and sits seventh in the Indy Lights championship, 59 points behind leader Pato O’Ward.

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