Alonso hoping for McLaren-Honda podiums in 2016

Fernando Alonso hopes for some tension between himself and team-mate Jenson Button in 2016 if it means the team are more competitive than they were during the 2015 season.

The two McLaren-Honda drivers endured a difficult, unreliable and uncompetitive 2015 season, but the relationship between the drivers was closer than most, but Alonso is hoping to see fractures happen, like seen in the relationship between drivers in other teams such as between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, in the inter-team relationship next year.

“There is always more stress when you are fighting for championships and wins within your team, as we have seen with some other teams who are having issues,” said Alonso to Sky Sports News HQ.

“But let’s say it’s a good stress to have when you are fighting for big things. I’m looking forward to working with Jenson next year and if there is a bit of tension then it would be welcome as well!”

Despite the constant issues and the failure all year to make it through to the final part of qualifying, Alonso remains more optimistic for the 2016 season, feeling Honda will be able to solve the shortfalls of its engine so the team can begin to fight for podiums and wins.

“I am very positive about next year,” said Alonso. “We’ve been through very difficult times but we understand our problems and the solutions, at least on the theoretical side.

“Next year will definitely be a much better year and our intention is to fight for the championship or, minimum, fight for podiums. There is a huge potential we need to unlock.”