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Boullier: "Alonso wants to stay at McLaren"

  • Published on 21 Sep 2017 10:15
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  • By: Sam Gale

McLaren team boss, Eric Boullier has claimed that now McLaren are set to have a better season next year thanks to the Renault engine, his driver Fernando Alonso wants to stay at McLaren for the forseeable future. The Renault deal was announced last weekend in Singapore but there has yet to be an announcement on the future of Alonso.

McLaren see Alonso as their crown jewel at the moment, solidly in the belief that he is the driver that can propel them to their next world championship, given he has a semi competitive car. They have good reason to believe this as well, as he is a two time world champion and has the third most number of wins on the grid after Vettel and Hamilton with 32 wins and has almost 100 podiums to his name.

However despite the prospect of better engines in the car next season it is still a question over whether he still wants to drive for the team as he has continuously stated he will only stay with the team if they give him a competitive car It is also very clear with that Alonso has options on the horizon, as he has made no secret of the fact he wants to claim motorsports triple crown of the Monaco GP, the Indy 500 and the 24 hours of Le Mans, starting this goal by attempting the Indy 500 this year.

Boullier though seems conviced his driver will stay, saying:
"He is only interested – and he's been saying this for months – in a competitive car. That is for him, for us – McLaren – we are happy that the shareholders have made a sporting choice and not a business choice and changed the engine.McLaren's DNA is to be competitive – the team has always been in the top three and we belong there again.

"Today we know that we have a decent chassis, which would allow us to be in the top three again with an equal level engine, so for us as a business it is important to be competitive, no matter what role Fernando plays. We had to make this decision for us. But if you want to be competitive you not only need an engine, you also need a driver. That is when Fernando comes into the picture. We did what we did for McLaren first – but the package includes also the driver."

 

Sam Gale

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  • FatMike

    Posts: 153

    no he doesnt....he simply doesnt have any better options

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 12:12
  • xoya

    Posts: 564

    Alonso should stay true to his word and only remain in F1 if he gets a competitive car.
    Which next year's McLaren simply will not be.
    This is coming from an Alonso fan.

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 13:19
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      That money though....

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      • Sep 21 2017 - 15:22
  • reg

    Posts: 162

    You can put up with a lot of cr*p for well over one million dollars a weekend!

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 16:01
  • I sort of dont hope McLaren wont be uncompetitive next year, but I fear they wont be. Red Bull is bound to outpace them, and Renault wont allow them to be in front of their works team if they can help it. But at the end of the day, the economic losses and late switch is bound to affect their side of things, so Im not sure how good their chassis will be for next year.

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 18:24
  • blade

    Posts: 341

    You've got to admire his pushing of the management to get them to see sense. I don't think he's the best driver on the grid - Hamilton is ahead of him for me but he's not available and Alonso is the next best and you can see why Mc want to retain him, he could make a third best combination competitive - though who will fund his wages I wonder?

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 21:25
  • I don't know why Alonso doesn't drive for free somewhere like a mercedes or a Ferrari? If he is serious about wanting to win then surely he would offer himself for nothing

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    • Sep 21 2017 - 23:24
    • He should be able to, at this rate he has enough money to successfully run a small country, so expect him to retire from F1 and become the president of Catalonia when they become independent, but I dont think he is willing to lose out on the money, and neither Vettel nor Hamilton want him around. Im pretty sure Mercedes doesnt want two that dominant drivers in their team anyway.

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      • Sep 22 2017 - 14:04

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