Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso says he is looking to make McLaren Honda his final team in Formula 1. Moreover, his decision to remain in the motorsport in the future rests mainly on how fast the cars will become during the 2017 season.
These are the bold words of Alonso who had decided to move to McLaren last season after being unable to secure a third world championship with Scuderia Ferrari. Alonso had been the driver responsible for ending Ferrari and Michael Schumacher’s championship dominance in 2005 when he was just a young 24-year-old driver with Renault. Alonso would eventually move to Ferrari in 2010. Now, several years later, he says he will wait till 2017 to decide whether he would continue on with Formula 1.
While at the new Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan, Alonso explained to the media that he has a contract with McLaren until the end of 2017. He is determined to win podiums with the team this season, especially now that their car is remarkably better than last year’s. He appears to be in good shape in every race and challenge for podium during the second part of the season.
As for the following year, Alonso is also looking forward to being able to drive faster cars. “The cars will be very different – supposed to be five-seconds faster. So I will drive in 2017, see how much I enjoy driving those cars, and I will make a decision to stay more years or to stop in F1,” he explained.
For the 2017 season, the deadline was recently extended with regards to Formula 1’s Sporting and Technical Regulations. Among the key issues to address are the power unit regulations, taking into consideration supply cost, obligation to supply, improvement of noise and performance convergence.
It seems that Alonso is waiting to see how exhilarating the 2017 cars would become before he decides to stay on in Formula 1. Nonetheless, he looks to be more sure which team he wants to stay in. He tells Sky Sports, “I don’t think I will switch teams anymore.”