McLaren on Thursday confirmed it prolonged its contract with star driver Fernando Alonso.
McLaren solely stated Alonso would contest the 2018 Formulation 1 World Championship with the crew, however in an interview the Spaniard stated he’s there for the lengthy haul.
“We by no means focus on the contract clauses and we’re not going to do it now, nevertheless it’s a long-term contract and we’ll see how issues go,” he stated.
His present teammate, Belgian teen Stoffel Vandoorne, has additionally been confirmed for a McLaren seat in 2018.
Alonso’s present contract runs till the tip of the 2017 season, and there have been doubts whether or not he would prolong it as a result of frustration of the previous three seasons. McLaren has gone from a prime crew to the again of the ranks since switching to Honda energy items in 2015, which is when Alonso joined the crew.
Possible influencing Alonso’s choice to remain is McLaren’s choice to supply energy items subsequent season and past from Renault, the crew with which Alonso received his two world championships (2005 and 2006). McLaren had been below contract with Honda till 2024 however the two in September agreed to go their separate methods. Honda will nonetheless be in F1 subsequent season, as a provider to Crimson Bull-feeder crew Toro Rosso.
“McLaren has the technical useful resource and monetary energy to have the ability to in a short time win races and world championships in F1,” Alonso stated in a press release. “Though the previous couple of years haven’t been straightforward, we’ve got by no means forgotten the best way to win, and I imagine we will obtain that once more quickly.”