Alonso: Zero doubts over McLaren-Renault
23 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso says he has "zero doubts" with regards to McLaren's decision to unite with Renault, as it prepares for its final event with Honda at this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Alonso returned to McLaren in 2015, coinciding with the outfit's reunion with Honda, as it sought to rekindle the partnership which yielded multiple titles in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
However, the operation was hampered by a lack of reliability and performance, limiting Alonso to a best race finish of fifth, and prompting McLaren to sever its ties with Honda at the end of 2017.
Instead, McLaren will switch to Renault for 2018, joining Red Bull and the manufacturer's own entity, and Alonso, who will stay onboard with the team, has no doubts over its ability.
"I think it's a good timing now to change," said Alonso ahead of this weekend's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final race for the McLaren-Honda collaboration.
"I personally had a lot of expectations for the McLaren-Honda project, that was probably the reason why I changed from Ferrari.
"It was an attractive partnership, but we didn't achieve the results we wanted in the last three years, now it's time to change and join forces with Renault."
Alonso commented that linking up with Renault means a return to his "second family", having raced for the team from 2003-06 and 2008/9, taking his two titles with the manufacturer.
"I'm quite optimistic, seeing what Red Bull is doing with the Renault power unit," said Alonso.
"Obviously it's still missing a little bit on things, but overall you fight for podiums, you fight for race wins, and that's a very different picture than what we have now in McLaren.
"I'm optimistic for that, and feeling at home a little bit, coming back to what I consider my friends and second family so that will be great.
"They are a very, very good company and a very good engine, so zero doubts."