Announced via a rather clever little video in which the McLaren team attempted to learn Spanish, it has been announced that two-times Formula One World Champion, Fernando Alonso, would continue his journey at McLaren, signing an extension to his contract that will keep him at the Woking based squad for 2018.
Having spent the past three years receiving bad luck around Formula One Circuits in what he even described as a ‘GP2 engine’, the split from Honda and the future aspirational glory of new engine partner Renault, are seen to be the key catalyst for the signing.
“It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren,” said Alonso.” 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” said Alonso.
“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.
“The last three years have given us the momentum to plan and build for the future, and I’m looking forward to that journey.
“I’m excited for our future together – and I’m already working hard to make it a success.”
I’m pleased to see Alonso staying in F1 in 2018.