‘Mercedes or McLaren will give me third title’

Date published: August 5 2016

Two-time World Champion Fernando Alonso has expressed his desire to claim his third Drivers’ Championship, claiming that Mercedes or McLaren are his ideal choices to do it at.

Alonso, who won both his titles with Renault a decade ago, has seen his title chances suffer in the past two years after he joined a restructured McLaren-Honda team in 2015, leaving Ferrari after five seasons.

In 2015, the Spaniard and his teammate Jenson Button amassed a combined total of 27 points on the Constructors’ Championship table.

However, after a vast improvement, the Woking-based outfit have already accumulated 42 points after 12 races this season, with nine still to go.

Many criticised Alonso after he left the Scuderia and joined McLaren, but now with his former team having one of their worst seasons in Formula 1, the 35-year-old is certain he made the right choice.

“I was right,” he explained.

“I was right because I felt I was right. In 2014 I made the decision and had two years more on my contract, but felt I was right to go.

“Whatever results they achieve in 2015 and 2016 or in the future, for me my time there was fantastic and I wanted to finish on that fantastic feeling.

“Every year was a little bit more stress because you are not winning and it seems that it is your fault. Now it is not a relief that they are not winning or having more problems, I don’t wish any problems on Ferrari because it is a team that I will always have in my heart.

“But in terms of driving, how competitive or my third World Championship hopes, then you drive for Mercedes or McLaren-Honda. That is my opinion and the feeling from that decision.”