Alonso: We could be very, very competitive with Renault

McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is predicting that his three years of misery as a Honda-powered driver will change in 2018 when a Renault engine is bolted to the back of the MCL33 he will race in the forthcoming Formula 1 season.

“Hopefully the last three years will be forgotten very quickly. It’s a completely different game for us. We believe that we could be very, very competitive with a Renault power unit next year.”

“All the preparations of the new car, it is looking much, much [more] promising than before. Our hopes for next year are very high. … Definitely, the mood of the team is completely different.”

Regarding the colour of his 2018 car, Alonso said, “I will be happy with any colour, but the orange is part of McLaren’s DNA…”

Alonso won both his Formula 1 world championship titles when driving for Renault in 2005 and 2006.