Alonso expecting ‘the feeling of wow’ from 2017 F1 cars

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso expects “the feeling of wow” when racing next year’s cars upon the overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations.

In a bid to improve the on-track spectacle, F1 cars are set to become more radical in 2017 thanks to changes in the technical regulations that should see them gain multiple seconds per lap.

Alonso has made his aversion to the current specification of F1 clear in the past, stating that his future in the sport depends on how he finds next year’s cars.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Alonso talked about his expectations for F1 in 2017, which will be the third and final year of his current McLaren contract.

“Another championship is the ultimate target and we are working hard on that project,” Alonso said.

“And with the new regulations in place next year we will probably get the excitement back as the cars will be much more attractive – and much faster. That is still the target that Fernando wants to achieve!

“I expect the feeling of ‘wow’ again, as when I started in F1.”

Alonso won his championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, but has failed to add a third crown despite stints with McLaren and Ferrari in the meantime, losing the title at the final round on three occasions.

When asked if coming so close before falling short hurt, Alonso said: “Not really.

“I have been so lucky in my entire career to fight for championships – yes, there have been more good opportunities for me but for one reason or the other it did not happen.”

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”