Alonso hopes for 'normal' season

13 March 2018 10:29:38 EST

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is hoping for a normal season in Formula 1 in 2018, one where he is challenging towards the front of the grid with McLaren.

The 36-year-old Spaniard has endured a torrid time since returning to McLaren ahead of the 2015 campaign, having failed to finish on the podium in any of the last three seasons.

There is unfinished business for me and McLaren together.

Fernando Alonso

However, having pondered walking away from the sport, Alonso is feeling much more optimistic after some positive performances in pre-season testing.

He told F1 Racing magazine: "I still want to succeed. There is unfinished business for me and McLaren together and I think this year is the time all these things will change. I feel pretty sure about that.

"Back to normality, back to this normal feeling of getting to every Grand Prix and preparing through practice and qualifying and knowing that you should be in the top five - and if you do well you could be on the podium.

"And if you do something really special, you could even be a winner. That motivation and that preparation have been the things I've missed.

"But these are things that I hope to have this year. That's the biggest expectation."

Alonso is priced at 3000/1 to be crowned F1 world champion in 2018 and is 13/8 to claim over 0.5 race wins during the season.

The campaign gets under way in Australia on Sunday 25th March, with Alonso 500/1 to win in Melbourne for the second time in career.

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