Fernando Alonsos says his 'motivation could not be stronger' for the 2015 season after McLaren revealed the all-new Honda-powered MP4-30.

The two-time world champion has re-joined the Woking-based team for the upcoming season and has been handed the debut drive of the new car at Jerez this Sunday at the first official F1 test of the season.

The Spaniard added he feels he is at the peak of his condition and determined to get the most out of the new car McLaren-Honda partnership.

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"Although the winter period is a time for rest and relaxation from racing, my motivation could not be stronger for the new season," Alonso said. "I've done a lot of training during the winter break, to reach my peak physical fitness, and I've been working hard in preparation for this new era of McLaren-Honda. I've never felt better, or more ready for a new season."

Alonso added he is prepared for a difficult initial learning period with the car but is delighted McLaren have partnered up with Honda. The Japanese manufacturer's return to F1 will see a brand new V6 Hybrid power unit on the grid and the rest of the F1 paddock are keeping an eye on its early season pace.

"Of course, we're prepared for a steep learning curve, but it's clear to see that inside McLaren-Honda there's total commitment, and a real change in feeling, as we start this new partnership," he said. "We're all focused on the challenge ahead, and I feel extremely honoured to be part of a relationship that has shared so much history together."

The 33-year-old has declared he only has eyes for an F1 title in 2015 and will be pushing to get the McLaren car back to the front of the grid.

"My aim is to help write a new chapter in the history of McLaren-Honda. We understand the effort and teamwork required to take McLaren-Honda back to where it should be, at the front of the grid, and all our energy as a team is focused on that goal."

"Our first target will be to learn the maximum from the car at the pre-season tests, understand the package, and extract as much performance as possible. That won't be easy or trouble-free, but we're ready for that. Why? Because our key focus will be on development. Historically, McLaren has already been characterised by its ability to bring updates to the car quickly, and develop a strong package.

Alonso has also been announced to be the first driver to get in the cockpit of the McLaren MP4-30 in Jerez and said he is as excited to start as he was when he first began racing in F1.

"It's going to be a real privilege to be the first person to drive the new McLaren-Honda MP4-30 at Jerez," Alonso said. "I can't wait to begin what I'm certain will be a very exciting new chapter in my career. I'm as motivated now as I was when I was given my first opportunity at the wheel of an F1 car."