Fernando Alonso says he has found 'new motivation' following his decision to move from Ferrari to McLaren, as he prepares to make his race comeback with the team in 2015.

The Spaniard brought his tenure at Ferrari to an earlier than planned conclusion at the end of 2014 in favour of a switch to McLaren, whom he raced with in 2007 before strained relationships with Ron Dennis and then-rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton prompted an early exit from that contract too.

Nonetheless, Alonso's return to the team in 2015, which will coincide with Honda coming back to the sport to supply McLaren's engine, has sparked a fresh approach for both the driver and team, the two-time champion saying he is 'excited' about its potential.

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"We just completed the first test in Jerez so we are very happy to part of this new era with the new McLaren-Honda partnership. I was very proud to be the first one in the car on the first day. It is a very challenging time for us with this new project but I'm very excited.

"After many years in F1 I feel new motivation and the fresh adrenaline of fighting with the best possible team. My message for the fans is to support us and enjoy the season as we will do our best and be ready to take victories soon."