Alonso ‘really ready and eager’ for 2017


McLaren’s Eric Boullier has said Fernando Alonso is raring to go and will relish the challenge that the new cars for this season will bring.

The two-time World Champion finished 10th in last season’s World Drivers’ Championship standings with his best result coming in Monaco and the United States with respective fifth-place finishes.

But, Boullier believes Alonso’s previous experience of the added physical pressures that the drivers will face this season will speak volumes.

“He’s been working very, very hard this winter and he’s really ready and eager,” Boullier told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He drove this kind of car, or even faster car, in the past so he knows what to expect.

“He can’t wait to drive the car. He drove it in the simulator but it’s not the same. I’m sure he can’t wait to drive it on the track and see if it’s delivering what we expect.”

Alonso is joined this season by new team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who may need some time to adjust to the new car.

He added: “Stoffel never drove such a high-downforce car or high-energy car, so he may have a couple of days [needing] to suit his body just to make sure he’s fit.

“But he also worked very hard over the winter, he’s ready. They’re both ready.”