McLaren executive director Zak Brown says having secured Renault as engine supplier from 2018 he’ll turn his focus on re-signing Fernando Alonso for the 2018 Formula 1 world championship to complete the team’s set-up.

After the premeditated ‘mega-deal’ was announced on Friday in Singapore which saw McLaren split from Honda to take up a new three-year deal with Renault as its engine supplier, while Honda has secured a new contract with Toro Rosso, McLaren is aiming to put the frustrations of the past three years to rest with a fresh start in 2018.

With Alonso threatening to quit if Honda remained partners with McLaren, the two-time F1 world champion says he will assess ‘the data’ from Renault before making a final decision on his future in the sport.

Brown, who sees retaining Alonso as a vital element to McLaren’s success in the short term, is now determined to capture the Spanish driver’s signature for the 2018 campaign alongside the already-signed Stoffel Vandoorne.

“We’re going to turn our attention to Fernando now,” Brown said. “We’ve been speaking a lot, he’s been waiting to see what technical solution we came up with.

“He won his two championships with Renault. He’s very happy with the racing team, we’re very happy with him, so I think in the not too distant future we should be able to get something done and that’ll be the last big piece of the puzzle.

“Then I’ve got to find us some sponsorship with our commercial team and get ready for next year.”

 

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