Fernando Alonso believes that the motorsport world will see the true pace and potential of McLaren in 2018. The Woking team will be powered by French manufacturer Renault next year, who also supply engines to the works Renault team and Red Bull.
During the Singapore Grand Prix weekend two weeks ago, McLaren announced its divorce from Honda, its current engine supplier. The fallen partnership re-formed in 2015, but Honda failed to produce a competitive engine over the following three seasons. However, now that the team will have a more powerful unit next year, Alonso thinks that the results will improve drastically.
"Next year will be a good test," Alonso told Sky F1. "The same engine as Red Bull will be the truth to see whether the chassis is good or not. "For the last three years we have been the only team with the Honda engine so it's been hard to compare. But the engineers do simulations on everything and we believe we have a good car."
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