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Alonso Remains at McLaren

The McLaren Formula One Team announced that Fernando Alonso will continue to drive for the team throughout 2018.

This will be the Spaniard’s 4th consecutive season with the Woking based team since they switched to Honda power in 2015.

Alonso’s future at the team was up in the air after Honda’s dismal performance this season. The team radio broadcasts were filled with Alonso expressing his irritation and dissatisfaction with the performance of the Honda power unit.

After the Honda-Toro Rosso deal was announced it was a foregone conclusion that Alonso would remain at McLaren.

“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.

“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 forgot-ten 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.”

Zak Brown, McLaren Technology Group Executive Director:

“I’m delighted to be able to confirm that Fernando will remain at McLaren. He has been a fantastic asset to the whole organisation for the past three years, is an incredible individual and is one of the most accomplished and talented racing drivers of the modern era.

“It always made sense for us to continue our journey together.

“His commitment will allow us to further improve the attractiveness and po-tential of the wider Group, and will ensure we head into 2018 feeling in-creasingly confident that we’ll be able to take a meaningful step forward.

Fernando fully understands and buys in to the direction we are taking.

“Our shareholders have ambitious plans for the whole Group, and success within Formula 1 is a central pillar of that strategy.

With Fernando, there is no doubt that we have a driver who can help us achieve our goal of win-ning again in F1 – and, believe me, we are all keen to do that.”

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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