Alonso ‘Fully Committed’ to Winning Again with McLaren – Boullier

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Eric Boullier feels there is no one better to lead the McLaren Renault Formula 1 Team in 2018 than Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard extended his contract.

The Racing Director of the Woking-based team says the decision of the thirty-six-year-old to commit to McLaren for next season – there first with Renault power after three years with Honda – shows that Alonso remains committed to the McLaren cause, which is to returning to winning ways as soon as possible.

Boullier now says the pressure is on McLaren to deliver a strong car to reward Alonso for his confidence.

“With Fernando, you really can’t ask for a better driver to deliver a result for you on a Sunday afternoon – and I think everybody in Formula 1 would acknowledge that sentiment,” said Boullier.

“He’s always been clear to me that this is a team he loves, and that his heart has always been set on staying. Today’s announcement shows that he’s fully committed to racing and winning as a McLaren driver, and, while we’ve often shared his frustrations over the past few years, we now feel that we can deliver on our promise to give him a competitive car next season.”

Boullier says keeping the same line-up for 2018 was important, with Alonso again being partnered by Stoffel Vandoorne, and the Racing Director feels the Spaniard alongside the Belgian is the best line-up on the Formula 1 grid.

“Consistency of driver line-up is one of those small but essential elements that really helps a team to maintain momentum, and, with Fernando and Stoffel, we’re lucky to be writing a fresh chapter with what we believe to be the best driver line-up in Formula 1,” said Boullier.

  • PR_Aero

    Its been much talk for many years, for the duo ALO & McLaren, not much winning any of them togehter or not.
    Not going to happen either anyime soon.
    Cyril will use McLaren & Red Bull as testpilots and keep best parts / solutions for themselves, and use the information he can gather from his in position engine engineers from the otherwise experienced teams and make them pay his developement slope.
    Renault is the only winner here, so even if he is a shitty internal manager, this is a smart move

  • facesforever

    No excusses for McLaren-Renault and Alonso anymore.
    They were so convinced that the Renault partnership is the winning formula that they discracefully dumped a privelidged Honda parnership to become simple Renault client’s for it.
    So they have to win from race one or two in 2018 or they will look pretty damn fools.
    An winning won’t happen for them, Alonso know’s tthis that’s why he has the Le Mans and Indianapolis way out in his contract.
    Real silly times for McLaren ahead.
    They will look rediculous in 2018.