Kubica backs Alonso’s huge McLaren challenge

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Former F1 driver Robert Kubica has backed his old friend Fernando Alonso’s decision to join McLaren-Honda, despite the struggle to be competitive.

Much has been made of Spaniard Alonso’s Ferrari departure, especially on the eve of the Italian team’s resurgence in 2015.

Kubica, who was one of Alonso’s closest friends in the paddock until his own F1 career ended some years ago, backed the Spaniard’s McLaren switch.

“Any person, and especially a driver, needs new challenges,” the Pole, now a rally driver in the wake of his early 2011 crash and injuries, told Sky.

“When Fernando went to Ferrari, everyone including myself expected him to win titles. But it wasn’t like that.

“So he has had to find new ideas and a different way,” said Kubica. “What he has now is a huge challenge, but like any great challenge, when you make it to the finish line there is an even greater satisfaction.”

“It is a risk, but he is one of the strongest drivers, if not the strongest driver there has been in recent years,” he added.