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Dennis: McLaren has best driver line-up in Formula 1

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McLaren CEO Ron Dennis believes that his team’s driver line-up of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button is the best in Formula 1.

McLaren endured a miserable year in 2015 due to a number of issues with its new Honda power unit, limiting Alonso and Button to just 27 points in total that resigned the team to P10 in the constructors’ championship.

Few could question the commitment of either Alonso or Button though, as both battled on throughout the season to try and salvage something from a difficult year.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Dennis cited the power unit as being the biggest weakness in the team while praising both the chassis and the driver line-up.

“Our chassis is a very good one, all the data bears that out,” Dennis said.

“Our driver line-up is the best in the sport – the stats prove that.

“Our partnership with Honda is a new one, or a freshly renewed one to be precise, and it’s not remotely surprising that it should be taking a little while to gel.

“That’s what Formula 1 is like, and it always has been.”

Button and Alonso are unquestionably two of the most successful drivers on the grid, having won three world titles between them and some 47 races between them.

However, their combined success is in fact inferior to that of Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, who have won 57 races and three world titles.

Statistically though, the most successful line-up in F1 belongs to Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen sharing five world championships and 62 grand prix victories.

Button and Alonso do boast more starts than any other drivers on the grid, though. Button sits third in the all-time starts list on 284 races, and will pass the 300 mark in 2016, while Alonso is three places further back on 252 starts.

Dean Wilson out for rest of Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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