Fernando Alonso signs with McLaren for 2018
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McLaren It Is
Fernando Alonso will retain his seat for a fourth consecutive year at McLaren.
It has been a tumultuous affair since he first signed with McLaren in 2007. That season ended with Fernando finishing in a tie with his team mate, Lewis Hamilton. The pair missed the crown by a single point to Kimi Raikkonen.
After a several mediocre to horrific seasons with Renault and Ferrari, Fernando returned to McLaren for the 2015 season with McLaren and Honda rebooting a relationship that won McLaren four World Constructors Championships between 1988 and 1991. Unfortunately, the juggernaut that was hoped for, never materialized.
Nope, changing teams didn’t change his chance of making the podium. The McLaren-Honda package was down on power and behind the curve of even mid-pack teams of Force India and Sauber. Although while the power plant lacked performance, the chassis was sorted. Fernando was so unpleased with the performance of the package in 2017 that he spent the month of May in Indiana for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500. Indy was an amazing run. Alonso was never lower than sixth and ran at the front for quite some time challenging Ryan Hunter-Rey, until he was abruptly forced to retire on lap 179.
Honda power had failed him yet again.
With the 2018 contract signed, Fernando is looking forward to a new chapter as McLaren has replaced Honda power for Renault. As reported by Formula1.com, Fernando expressed enthusiasm for McLaren and the change as it was with Renault F1 that Alonso one his two consecutive World Driver’s Championships in 2005 and 2006.
“It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren,” he said. “It was always where my heart was telling me to stay, and I really feel at home here. This is a fantastic team, full of incredible people, with a warmth and friendliness that I’ve never experienced elsewhere in Formula 1. I’m incredibly happy to be racing here.”
“Just as important, McLaren has the technical resource and financial strength to be able to very quickly win races and world championships in F1. Although the last few years have not been easy, we have never forgotten how to win, and I believe we can achieve that again soon.” He’s quoted to have said in a article posted on Formula1.com.
Formula1.com goes on to report that Eric Boullier, McLaren team manager stated, “With Fernando, you really can’t ask for a better driver…”
So when will Fernando know if the McLaren-Renault package be worthy place into Q3 or even P3?? “At the time of the winter tests in Barcelona at the end of February.”
I am confident of one thing, that Fernando has the skills and drive to make it happen. What are your thoughts? Share them below.