Fernando Alonso's new McLaren F1 deal is 'long-term' from 2018

Fernando Alonso says the new contract he has signed with the McLaren Formula 1 team is "long-term"

Fernando Alonso's new McLaren F1 deal is 'long-term' from 2018

The two-time world champion's new deal was finally made official on Thursday ahead of the United States Grand Prix, after months of speculation about his future.

It was believed Alonso wanted a one-year extension in order to be available for when other possibilities open up after 2018 following three frustrating seasons at McLaren-Honda.

However, the Spaniard insisted he has committed to a multi-year agreement with the Woking squad, which will be powered by Renault engines next year after parting ways with Honda.

When asked if the deal was just for 2018, Alonso said: "No. We never discuss the contract clauses and we are not going to do it now, but it's a long-term contract and we'll see how things go.

"But I'm very excited for next year, with different expectations and keen to put McLaren back where it deserves to be. I want Australia to arrive already."

The McLaren driver said he carefully examined all the options available before deciding to stay, in what he labelled a "cautious process".

"We weren't in a hurry, neither of us," he said.

"From the first moment I believed that McLaren's project - or at least the chassis side - had taken the right step in terms of aerodynamics and mechanical grip.

"We left all doors open, I talked to everybody who wanted to talk, with all the different projects I had on the table, but the most convincing one was McLaren's.

"They had their own particular situation with the engine: they needed to decide if they were sticking with Honda or changing supplier.

"In the end they decided to change supplier and move to Renault and we had to wait a few more weeks to have all the information about the engine that I wanted.

"But now it was time to make a decision and the decision is to stay with them because I think we can be very competitive next year."

Alonso, who won his two titles with the Renault team in 2005 and 2006, admitted re-uniting with the French manufacturer will be special for him.

"It's very exciting. Driving again for Renault, even though it's just the engine, is a good feeling," he added.

"Red Bull has been showing it this year, with two cars on the podium in Japan, both cars on the podium in Malaysia, so we know what the Renault engine is capable of.

"Now we have to step up and make it happen."

shares
comments
Fernando Alonso commits to McLaren for 2018 F1 season

Previous article

Fernando Alonso commits to McLaren for 2018 F1 season

Next article

Lewis Hamilton: Talk of sealing 2017 F1 title in US Grand Prix is 'silly'

Lewis Hamilton: Talk of sealing 2017 F1 title in US Grand Prix is 'silly'
Load comments
How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum Plus

How Monza only added more questions to F1's sprint race conundrum

With two sprint races under its belt, Formula 1 must now consider its options for them going forward. While they've helped deliver exciting racing on Sundays, the sprints themselves have been somewhat lacking - creating yet another conundrum for F1 to solve...

Formula 1
Sep 16, 2021
Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season? Plus

Who should Alfa Romeo sign for 2022's F1 season?

OPINION: With Valtteri Bottas already signed up for 2022, all eyes are on the race for the second seat at Alfa Romeo next year. Antonio Giovinazzi is the current incumbent, but faces a tough competition from appealing short and long-term prospects

Formula 1
Sep 15, 2021
The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence Plus

The "forced break" that was key to Ricciardo's Monza excellence

OPINION: Daniel Ricciardo has long been considered one of Formula 1’s elite drivers. But his struggles at McLaren since switching from Renault for 2021 have been painful to watch at times. Yet he’s recovered to banish those memories with a famous Monza win – built on a critically important foundation

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton Plus

How Verstappen is ruining his F1 title battle with Hamilton

OPINION: The Italian GP clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen followed a running theme in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight. Their close-quarters battles have often resulted in contact - and although Hamilton has shown a willingness to back off, Verstappen must learn to temper his aggression

Formula 1
Sep 14, 2021
Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Italian Grand Prix Driver Ratings

Two drivers produced maximum-score performances as, for the second year in a row, Monza threw up an unpredictable result that left several others ruing what might have been

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash Plus

Why Ricciardo was set for Monza F1 triumph even without Verstappen/Hamilton crash

The clash between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was the major flashpoint the 2021 Italian Grand Prix will be remembered for. Yet by this point, race leader Daniel Ricciardo had already done the hard work that would put him in position to end his and McLaren's lengthy win droughts, on a memorable afternoon in Monza

Formula 1
Sep 13, 2021
Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates Plus

Why Italian GP success is on for McLaren even if Verstappen dominates

For the second time in 2021, McLaren will line up for the start of a grand prix from the first row. It knows it has the chance of “glory” if things go well for Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris at the start of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix, but even if they just maintain their grid positions, signs from the rest of the Monza weekend suggest success is very possible for Formula 1’s other orange army

Formula 1
Sep 12, 2021
The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus Plus

The F1 media favourite who lifted a broken Lotus

Graham Hill was nearly 30 when he made his Formula 1 debut. NIGEL ROEBUCK examines the life of a gifted racer whose talismanic personality defined an era

Formula 1
Sep 11, 2021