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Alonso: Still optimistic — ‘big actions’ at McLaren for 2016

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Fernando Alonso is expecting that a major step forward at McLaren for 2016, having they managed to beat only the backmarker Manor in 2015.

Alonso Still optimistic big actions at McLaren for 2016

Alonso Still optimistic big actions at McLaren for 2016

Honda has had a change of heart towards the end of its abysmally-bad return to F1 this year – and they recently confirmed that, use ‘more consultants’ for 2016 F1 project.

McLaren-Honda struggled too much with power-unit issues and it was resulted numerous grid penalties for both Alonso and teammate Jenson Button across the course of the season.

“If we can turn all our frustration into inspiration it should definitely help our learning curve,” Alonso told Formula 1 Official website.

“For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year. I am still optimistic.

“In Abu Dhabi, if we are out in Q1 it will no longer be a disappointment but bitter reality. But we know it, so we have to put things in place for next season. For big problems you need big actions, and that is what we are doing for next year.

“It is still early days for next year’s project. All our weaknesses are identified and we are working on them. We will work flat out to make sure that 2015 never happens again.”

The Spaniard said Honda’s obvious deficit has been made even more conspicuous in 2015 because the Japanese marquee is a full year or more behind the other ‘power unit’ makers.

“The problems that Renault and Ferrari had in 2014 were much the same as what we are having now,” said Alonso. “Only Mercedes has done everything right.

“But our numbers, compared to Renault’s numbers and Ferrari’s numbers last year, are much better. So if we do a good pre-season, we will achieve much better results than any other manufacturer,” he added.

“If we get to the (winter) tests and the car is bad, it will be a big surprise because of the direction that we have been following. I am not worried that we will not be among the best teams next year,” said Alonso.

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