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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.”

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.