Alonso: I'm still very proud of McLaren-Honda
27 November 2017 – Fernando Alonso says that he is "still very proud" of McLaren-Honda's second partnership, which came to an end at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
McLaren and Honda reunited in 2015, having claimed eight world titles together during their initial partnership in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
However, amid persistent reliability and performance troubles, the project has been called off after three seasons, which failed to yield a podium.
McLaren will link up with Renault in 2018, marking the start of a three-year deal, but Alonso was keen to pay tribute to Honda for its efforts.
Alonso placed ninth in the partnership's final race, having kept Renault's Carlos Sainz Jr. at bay in the early stages, and overhauled Williams' Felipe Massa after the pit-stops.
"This was an important race for us; it was the last one of this project and we wanted to finish it in a good way," commented Alonso.
"It wasn't that exciting from our position, but we had an interesting battle with Massa in front and Carlos behind.
"We chose to undercut Felipe and it worked quite well, but after that we were struggling with the pace and running alone for most of the time.
"But, we had a solid race, a good start, a good strategy and scored two points, so I'm happy.
"It has been a tough season and a tough three years for us, but I'm still feeling very proud of this project.
"We didn't succeed in terms of results and we delivered below expectations, but nevertheless everyone fought and worked very hard.
"Now that we are both going our separate ways, we wish the best for Honda and good luck to the McLaren Renault project also.
"Now it's a new chapter for both of us."
While McLaren joins Red Bull, and the works team, as a Renault-supplied outfit for next season, Honda will make the switch to Toro Rosso.