Alonso targeting race wins
Fernando Alonso is aiming to win some arces with McLaren in 2018 after switching to Renault power units.
The 36-year-old two-time world champion has endured several difficult years with the Woking-based Formula 1 team as their partnership with Honda failed to emulate their success together in the late eighties and early nineties.
We can see what Red Bull are doing with the Renault power unit. Maybe they are not the quickest, but they are fighting for podiums and victories.Fernando Alonso
It was no surprise to see McLaren end their deal with the Japanese manufacturer at the end of 2017 and switch to Renault, who Alonso won his two drivers' championship titles with in 2005 and 2006.
Renault will again have their own works team challenging next year, but they have supplied Red Bull with engines and they scored three race victories in 2017.
As a result, Alonso is hoping that McLaren will also benefit from the change and hopes to fight it out for some chequered flags again throughout 2018.
"We can see what Red Bull are doing with the Renault power unit. Maybe they are not the quickest, but they are fighting for podiums and victories. That will be a very good step if we can achieve that." Alonso told Sky Sports.
He added: "When l joined the project, I joined firstly because it was because Honda coming in. Some of my inspiration to be a driver was when l was a kid watching television and [Ayrton] Senna and [Alain] Prost were driving the McLaren-Honda.
"It didn't work, the performance wasn't there, and now we will split. I'm sad on one side and happy on the other because l think next year will be much better."
Alonso is 4000/1 to win the 2018 Formula 1 drivers championship, while reigning champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes is available at 1/500.
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