Double world champion, Fernando Alonso already confirmed that, he will take the vital decision of his F1 future after this summer break, whether to leave to race winning team or stay with McLaren next year.
The Spaniard expressed his frustration after not seizing a podium with the team since joining in 2014 F1 season, and the series of race retirements this season.
Last few races showed, McLaren-Honda certainly improved the performance following the Honda’s progress, it may be a case of too little too soon for Alonso, who insists he needs a race winning car for 2018.
McLaren COO Jonathan Neale has said the team are doing “everything they can” to influence Fernando Alonso to stay with the team for the 2018 season and simultaneously focus will soon be shifting to next year’s car development.
“I’m encouraged about McLaren’s future,” he said. “A lot has happened over the last 12 months. We’re ready to take that next step for McLaren. Our thoughts are starting to turn to next year’s car and what that is going to look like.”
“Of course the engine stuff is in that mix. We need to land all of that in and before the September timescale so our drivers know who we are going to be and what their plans are going to be.” Neale also added that McLaren has been in lively talks with Honda after both Ferrari and Mercedes have silently blackout probabilities of supplying the team with engines for 2018.
“No firm decisions have been made. We’re in lots of dialogue with Honda. We’re keeping the FIA and FOM close to what is going on. We are trying to do the right thing for F1 but also try to do the right thing for McLaren.”
The Woking based F1 squad are going to fight to keep hold of the Spaniard for next season.
“If I put my personal colors to the mast, I’d love to have Fernando in this team. I know we’ll do everything we can to keep him in this team but I recognize he will have choices – nothing is a given. I think he’s a great guy, he’s one of the best drivers I have ever worked with and I’d love to have him for longer.” Neale said
The praise continued for the team’s star driver, “McLaren is a team we have a duty to put back at the front. The sport wants us back at the front. We want Fernando back at the front in the mix.”