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Why McLaren-Honda Had to Replace Jenson Button with Stoffel Vandoorne for 2017

Jenson Button finished a lapped 14th in the 2016 season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, but far more important for him was the result on the other side of the McLaren-Honda garage. Fernando Alonso's collision with the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez on Lap 17, which saw the Spaniard slam into the outside wall of Turn 3 before rolling repeatedly in the gravel trap, had ensured the second year of the renewed partnership had got off to a spectacular, if not exactly successful, start. Despite the sheer violence of the crash—Alonso experienced "a peak impact force of 46G" having glanced Gutierrez's rear-left wheel at 305 kilometres per hour, per's Jonathan Noble—the two-time world champion w...

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