After speculation that Fernando Alonso might be leaving McLaren, it was confirmed on Thursday that the two-time world champion has re-signed with McLaren for the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Even with doubts, not many are surprised by Alonso’s new deal after McLaren announced last month that they are switching from Honda to Renault power. This move hopes to put McLaren back in the running with the top teams and Alonso behind the wheel only makes that prospect much more likely.
— McLaren (@McLarenF1) October 19, 2017
“It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren.
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.” – Fernando Alonso
This will be Alonso’s fourth consecutive year with the McLaren and his fifth in total. Alonso said that he believes the last three years have helped them “plan and build for the future” and he is confident in the success of the Japanese auto giant.
— Stoffel Vandoorne (@svandoorne) October 19, 2017
Even though he hasn’t been able to post a better final than 5th place, McLaren’s Racing Director, Eric Boullier, holds his head high when talking about this upcoming season.
“With Fernando, you really can’t ask for a better driver to deliver a result for you on a Sunday afternoon – and I think everybody in Formula 1 would acknowledge that sentiment.” -Eric Boullier
With Alonso driving with Renault equipment again, even if it’s just the engine, is a special facet for the Spaniard… and a dangerous one for everyone else. The competition stakes have been raised for the 2018 season, let’s see if McLaren can deliver.