Watch: Carlos Sainz says Formula One is 'too predictable'

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Carlos Sainz believes Formula One is too predictable at the moment and requires a change to make it more interesting.

The driver, who will replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren, offered his opinion on how to add more unpredictability to F1 ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix.

“I think it should be down more to the driver and what the driver can make as a difference,” Sainz said.

See what else Sainz had to say in the video below.

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Fernando Alonso refuses to close door on Formula One return

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Fernando Alonso left the door open for a possible return to Formula One on Thursday when he explained he was saying goodbye to the sport, but could not forecast the future.

The two-time world champion, who it is claimed turned down an offer from Red Bull before announcing his F1 exit, said: “I don’t have a crystal ball to know the future. For me, it’s a bye-bye, but who knows in the future.”

“Right now I am thinking that it is a goodbye, but life changes very quickly and life also taught me in the past how things may change in a couple of months’ time or in years’ time,” said Alonso.

He told a news conference ahead of this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix that “it was a decision that probably I started thinking about last year.

“And then this year, 2018, there were a lot of changes into the team and with the engine manufacturer changes and things like that.

“I thought it was worth staying one more year. I enjoy driving these cars with new regulations, big tyres, more down-force and this year was some kind of joy to keep racing and to have another go.

“A couple of months ago, I decided it was the right time. I feel strong, feel a good level and want to say bye-bye to this sport when I am strong, not when I am not competitive or have no place to go.

“I prefer to take my own decision and take new challenges that Formula One cannot offer me at the moment.”

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Lewis Hamilton hails Fernando Alonso as one of the greatest drivers of all time

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Lewis Hamilton rates his erstwhile team-mate Fernando Alonso as the greatest driver he has competed against in his career.

The championship leader told reporters Thursday that he felt it was a pity that the two-time champion Spaniard, who announced last week that he will depart Formula One at the end of this season, was not as decorated as he deserved to be.

For sure, in the racing world he will be missed,” Hamilton said.

“He has been a really big part of it and is one of the greatest drivers that have ever been here.

“I would say it is a shame that he is not as decorated as his ability deserves, but sport is a very interesting machine and it’s not just about being a great driver.

“It is how you manoeuvre, how you play the game. It’s like a chess game and how you position yourself with all the different things that are also part of the package.

“He is arguably the greatest driver I have driven against and I wish him all the best.”

Alonso ended seven-time champion Michael Schumacher’s supremacy when he won the drivers’ title in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, becoming the youngest champion.

He raced with Hamilton at McLaren in 2007 when, after a troubled and often acrimonious season, they were beaten to the title by Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari.

“Naturally, I don’t hold sadness for it,” he said. “There’s no reason for me to hold sadness for it… He will be missed.

“But 17 seasons is a lot and I have huge respect for that because it is not easy for a driver to stay that long and perform.

“It’s a lot of commitment, a lot of time and a lot of dedication that people might not understand and appreciate, but naturally, as within any sport, I can appreciate it.”

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