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F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix: Last race marks McLaren's new beginning, says Alonso

Fernando Alonso says he is already looking towards the winter testing period and hopes the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix marks the end of McLaren's woes
Fernando Alonso says he is already looking towards the winter testing period and hopes the final race of the season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, marks the end of McLaren's struggles.

The two-time F1 world champion has continued to make his frustrations clear about the underwhelming McLaren MP4-30 and its under-powered Honda power unit, while relaying his committed faith that his team can turn around its fortunes in 2016.

With McLaren stating it will use the season-ending Abu Dhabi GP as a head start on its winter testing schedule by bringing new parts to the race weekend, Alonso wants this weekend to draw a line under its difficult 2015 season and begin afresh.

“The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend represents many things for us at McLaren-Honda,” Alonso said. “The end of a challenging season and a significant learning curve, the opportunity to collect as much information as possible and continue our learning and the start of the winter period where we are all focussed on working incredibly hard on next year's package, and seeing more progress and results from our efforts throughout this year.

“After a few difficult weekends, we will of course be pushing hard to finish the year on a positive note, but the whole team knows the work we have to do over the winter, and there's huge commitment from everyone already to start seeing results.

“Every session this weekend will be an opportunity to learn more and take that development into next year's car, so as usual we will continue fighting as hard as we can to the end.”

Alonso has secured just two top ten finishes all season and has failed to finish in seven races – joint-most with Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado – which has resulted in his worst campaign in F1 since his rookie championship with Minardi in 2001.

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November 24, 2015 12:40 PM

It's desperately sad watching this once great team's fall from grace. The legacies of Fittipaldi, Hunt, Lauda, Prost, Senna, Hakkinen and Bruce himself are too precious to flush down the pan like this. Get a grip, somebody please!


November 24, 2015 2:04 PM

With half the time spent on giving interviews on how good it is going to be they could have fixed the engine, solved world hunger and probably cured cancer. STUPID INTERVIEWS..STUPID...Arrrrrgggghhh

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