It has been a scandal for the sport that such an experienced and talented driver has been driving a lemon for the last few years.. Well that almost certainly guarantees a win for Honda next season then!!!!
This possibly his last two years in F1, Mclaren have a momentous task of challenging for F1 title, their chassis good but renault engine not good enough to topple Mercedes crown. The 36-year-old Spaniard has signed a new deal which is believed to be for one year with options to extend. Sorry but can't see McLaren winning one race in 2018, Merc's will dominate even more for me, Lewis will be on it for title number five! According to Spanish newspaper AS, the deal will be ‘the largest in the history of Formula 1 and presented as a multi-year agreement'.
"The last three years have given us the momentum to plan and build for the future, and I'm looking forward to that journey.". Alonso's team-mate in 2018 will be Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne, whose position at McLaren was confirmed last month. Such was the deterioration in relations between Alonso and McLaren in 2007, a season which culminated in Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen snatching the Drivers’ Championship and a £100m fine for the team as a result of the Spygate scandal, speculation has been rife that the Spaniard was only negotiating with Honda as he navigated his exit out of Ferrari. "Our shareholders have ambitious plans for the whole group, and success within Formula 1 is a central pillar of that strategy. Alonso will have a considerably higher salary as both McLaren and Honda make a big effort to win again,’ reported AS.
However, Eric Boullier, the McLaren Team Principal, confirmed to Sky F1 this weekend that the team were in direct talks with the two-time champion. But their determination to secure his signature has, according to AS, even stretched as far as providing ‘technical guarantees’ about the prospective competitiveness of the team’s package next year. Fernando Alonso will continue to drive for McLaren in 2018.
Although McLaren-Honda have made money no object to their pursuit of the Spaniard, his expensive arrival has presented the team with a substantial objection to retaining Button.
He has the chance to win a championship as well as the 500. He has already won the Monaco Grand Prix twice, one of them with McLaren. They want to get back on podium, as do I’. Renault believe their signing is indicative of their ambition. He left the sport after becoming disillusioned with an uncompetitive car at McLaren and frustrated by the dominance of Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari. He was fulsome in welcoming the driver back. The two-time world champion believes McLaren's new engine deal with Renault will return the team to competitiveness next year after three difficult seasons with Honda.
The guy is still one of the fastest drivers on the grid. The Spaniard has agreed a two-year contract for his third stint with the French team. Get the latest results and headlines sent straight to your phone, find all our Formula 1 coverage details with our Live Guide, sign-up to our newsletter and learn where to find us on online. The Hollywood star and a team of journalists explore 400 years of slavery. If Alonso had made better choices he would have been at least a 5 time champion by now. Fernando Alonso’s contract with McLaren-Honda will reportedly be the ‘biggest in F1 history’ as the sport's summer-turned-winter transfer saga finally approaches its concluding act. Renault remain a midfield team but are targeting being in the title fight when new regulations and a budget cap are imposed in 2022. Fernando Alonso Only time will tell.. You can’t just swap a power unit and expect to gain literally seconds a lap.. As much as I despised FA in LH’s rookie year, he has since redeemed himself by consistently performing to the cars’ best ability. Alonso signed a contract extension with McLaren last year that includes an opt-out for 2019. All rights reserved. After 15 years in the sport, the 2009 World Champion is now expected to leave F1 at the end of the year for a new career in sportscar racing while McLaren open a second chapter in their history with Alonso. “It’s McLaren.
By the end of the full contract, Renault's former two-time world champion will be 42 years old. He could then end his career in WEC where there's another championship on offer.
He added: "It was always where my heart was telling me to stay. News. Not a huge surprise after their recent moderate improvements. Fernando Alonso’s contract with McLaren-Honda will reportedly be the ‘biggest in F1 history’ as the sport's summer-turned-winter transfer saga finally approaches its concluding act.
I hope the Renault engine switch is a success. “The strength of the bond between him, the team and the fans make him a natural choice.”, Available for everyone, funded by readers. Alonso is believed to have sought a one-year deal that would have enabled him to join Mercedes in the event of a 2016 vacancy arising at F1’s latest behemoth outfit. “He is an incredible talent and we can’t wait to have him back on the grid in 2021.”.
Their progress this winter gives credibility to the objectives for the 2022 season and I will share all my racing experience with everyone from the engineers to the mechanics and my teammates. Nevertheless, it’s widely believed in the paddock that Honda, seeking a marquee name to be at the vanguard of their return to the grid, have been the driving force behind McLaren’s pursuit of their former charge. McLaren chief Ron Dennis recently assured Sky F1 that Honda’s V6 engine was “a piece of jewellery” and its “competiveness without question” while McLaren are themselves said to be intent on producing an innovative design in order to return to winning ways. “Renault is my family, my fondest memories in Formula 1 with my two world championship titles, but I’m now looking ahead,” Alonso said.
who joins McLaren at the end of this season, Spaniard won his two world titles with team in 2005 and 2006, ‘Renault is my family. Mclaren pay this man £40 million a year so he'd be stupid to leave! "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. Brad, I personally don't think Alonso is as fast over a single lap as Lewis- I think he is lacking 0.2-0.3 in qualy trim, however they are both equally brilliant in races. Sky sources have confirmed that Alonso is poised to replace Jenson Button and will partner Kevin Magnussen in 2015 despite the Englishman’s far superior performances this year. “It’s great news that two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, will return to Formula One with Renault next year,” he said. Still one of the best, if not the best, drivers on the grid. Confirmation that Alonso will return to McLaren – for whom he drove in a solitary, tempestuous season in 2007 – is expected before the season finale in Abu Dhabi in two weeks’ time.
It is expected that a two-year deal for 38-year-old Alonso, including an option for a third season in 2023, has been signed. Good move, its a decent chassis, if Ricciardo and Verstappen can win a GP with a Renault engine I'm sure that Alonso can. He first drove for the team in 2003, his second season in F1, and won his first grand prix at Hungary that year. Formula One’s chief executive, Chase Carey, has long been a supporter of Alonso, aware of what a draw he is for fans. “It’s a great source of pride and with an immense emotion I’m returning to the team that gave me my chance at the start of my career and which now gives me the opportunity to return to the highest level. Alonso's new contract means he could stay with McLaren for some time to fulfil his ambitions to win the Le Mans 24 Hours and Indianapolis 500, to complete motor racing's 'triple crown'. It’s a tough deal but someone has got to sign it. Wed 8 Jul 2020 13.38 BST We all knew it was a done deal when McLaren ditched Honda engines. “The signing of Fernando Alonso is part of Groupe Renault’s plan to continue its commitment to F1 and to return to the top of the field,” said Cyril Abiteboul, their managing director.
Alonso can count on a nice salary. "His commitment will allow us to further improve the attractiveness and potential of the wider group, and will ensure we head into 2018 feeling increasingly confident that we'll be able to take a meaningful step forward. Instead, it’s understood that the price to be paid for an estimated salary of £25m will be a binding two-year contract with an option for a third season. before Lewis calls it a day!!! Formula One has welcomed the return of Fernando Alonso after the two-time world champion signed a deal to drive for Renault in 2021.
The "multi-year" contract will last a year.
McLaren is the contracting party with the drivers, nobody else,” Boullier explained.
Alonso, who will be 39 this month, won the drivers’ championship with Renault in 2005 and 2006. Last modified on Wed 8 Jul 2020 17.25 BST. "McLaren has the technical resource and financial strength to be able to very quickly win races and world championships in F1. The Spaniard has agreed a two-year contract for his third stint with the French team. But I honestly think his future should be Indycar.
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