Fernando Alonso has reiterated his belief that McLaren-Honda will win a race in the future, but admitted that he might have joined the revamped team with too much hope.
When the Spaniard joined a reformed McLaren-Honda in 2015, he came in with the expectation that he and his team-mate Jenson Button would be fighting for podiums.
Their expectations were soon dashed as the duo failed to challenge any of the top teams due to constant reliability issues and an underpowered car. The Woking-based outfit only managed 28-points and came second last on the Constructors’ Championship table.
“The trust was always there but sometimes last year it was just hope,” the double World Champion said.
“There was just too much hope and you want to see the results at one point, you want to touch the result at one point and now that we start feeling that I think that everyone is more excited, everyone is more motivated and everyone wants to arrive in Australia next year already now. This is a very good feeling.”
Enjoying a much more successful 2016 season, Alonso is excited to get 2017 started with his incoming team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, and continue their rapid progress.
“[I am] very confident. I think we really need this progress to see it because last year we have a lot of trust in the project, this year in the beginning we have a lot of trust, no one had any doubts that McLaren-Honda will win sooner or later,” he explained.
“To see us now competing with some of the teams that it was unthinkable some months ago, even Spa finishing in front of one Williams, one Ferrari, it was really needed I think for the team.
“Everyone in the factory and everyone in the team now see this progress after the hard work and now it’s extra motivation for everyone because we all know that we just need that last step.”