Fernando Alonso Will Stick With McLaren in 2018

Ross Houston
October 20, 2017

The duration of the new deal is unknown but it's likely the Spaniard has committed to McLaren-Renault for a single year.

Alonso ended speculation surrounding his immediate future on Thursday by agreeing a deal to remain at McLaren for 2018, when the team will operate with Renault power after cutting ties with Honda following three disappointing campaigns.

"I'm extremely proud and happy to be part of the project for next year".

He was crowned world champion in 2005 and again in 2006 before moving on to McLaren the following year.

"After Indianapolis, when I came back to F1, I had doubts if I could continue in Formula 1 and if I should look at other series", Alonso said.

With it, McLaren's driver lineup for 2018 will consist of Stoffel Vandoorne and Fernando Alonso.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has signed a new contract with his current team McLaren for 2018 Formula one season.

Alonso had spent some time exploring his options both inside and outside F1 but said he "feels at home" at McLaren.

After months of hearsay, McLaren confirmed this renewal prior to the United States Grand Prix, describing the contract as a "multi-year" agreement.

The Triple Crown - variously interpreted as the F1 championship, Le Mans and Indy 500 or the Monaco GP and the same two races - has been achieved only by Briton Graham Hill.

'Just as important, McLaren has the technical resource and financial strength to be able to very quickly win races and world championships in F1.

"As I said on the press release, something inside told me to stay 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.

Alonso is confident that the McLaren will adapt quickly to the new Renault engine and that wholesale changes to the vehicle will not be needed, allowing the team to focus on improving its chassis and aerodynamics. "There is an understanding that if Fernando would like to do some additional racing that doesn't compromise our Formula 1 efforts then we'll be open to that conversation and flexible", Brown said to Sky Sports.

"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".

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