Fernando Alonso says he has unfinished business with McLaren and is aiming to bring the F1 world championship back to the Woking-based team.

The Spaniard has re-joined McLaren after racing with the team in the 2007 season, when he finished third in the championship after a hard-fought - and often acrimonious - battle with former team-mate Lewis Hamilton and eventual champion Kimi Raikkonen.

After announcing his return to McLaren late last year, however, the two-time world champion declared he only has eyes on a third title ahead of the first official F1 test in Jerez.

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"One thing I started in 2007 but didn't finish was putting the number one in the cockpit of the McLaren car and winning the championship," Alonso said in a Twitter Q&A, "This is what we have to finish that job and it is time to do it now."

Alonso will partner Jenson Button at McLaren in arguably the strongest driver line-up on the 2015 F1 grid. The 33-year old said he is delighted to be back and expects to be fighting for the title in the all-new Honda-powered McLaren car.

"In 2007, I experienced a very competitive year fighting for the world championship, which is something I've missed out on for the past couple of years and that is why I am back, for that reason."

McLaren have already launched their 2015 F1 car, the Honda-powered MP4-30, and pre-season testing begins on 1st February in Jerez, where Alonso will get his first chance at the wheel of the new car.


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Certainly Forghieri has vastly more experience of a driver's input. However, he also comes from a Ferrari era where the engineers reigned, and drivers were something of a renewable commodity. Remember that the Ferrari attitude was that the car won, but the driver lost. Maybe under Allison they can get back to the sharp end, but without a team like Todt, Brawn & Byrne, there's no telling if or when the political infighting will resurface, should results not go to expectations.