Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and More

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Formula 1's Latest Rumours and Talk: Fernando Alonso, Daniel Ricciardo and More
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Fernando Alonso is widely regarded as the biggest fighter in Formula One.

Those fights have caused him more harm than good on occasion, but it would be far more worrying if that fight—that desire, that passion—were to be somehow extinguished.

The two-time world champion has admitted his fight was severely tested during McLaren-Honda's woeful 2015 campaign, but Alonso has insisted he is working to be fully motivated for the beginning of the 2016 season, as well as hinting he may only have two years left to secure that elusive third title before retirement.

Daniel Ricciardo also appears to be up for a fight, with the Red Bull driver criticising Nico Hulkenberg for having a different opinion to him over the "halo" cockpit-safety concept, which was recently trialled by Ferrari in pre-season testing.

The halo is set to be implemented in time for the 2017 season, but one rule change on the horizon concerns pit-to-car radio, which will be restricted to an even greater extent this year.

Although one of his drivers is expected to suffer as a result of these limitations, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff believes the radio silence could lead to a different style of racing and even some shock results.

Despite an inconsistent pre-season, Renault head to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with hopes of pulling off a shock result after being pleasantly surprised by the performance of the new RS16 car.

Sauber, of course, claimed a surprise result in last year's race at Albert Park, Melbourne, where Felipe Nasr claimed fifth place on his F1 debut. That lofty finish allowed the team to move on from the doom and gloom of the pre-race court case with former driver Giedo van der Garde.

But the misery has returned ahead of this year's event, with team principal Monisha Kaltenborn admitting Sauber are behind in paying the salaries of their 300-plus employees.

Here's this week's roundup.

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