After threatening to leave McLaren earlier this year and keeping people guessing about his future for months, Fernando Alonso is staying. that Alonso has signed a one-year contract extension to drive for McLaren next year. This news comes just a month after McLaren announced that it's ending its fruitless partnership with Honda and switching to Renault engines.
Honda's unreliable, underpowered engine has been a sticking point for Alonso since it debuted in 2015. This year alone, Alonso has retired from more races than not, and McLaren is second-to-last in constructor's points. Knowing that he didn't have much of a shot, Alonso skipped this year's Monaco Grand Prix to run the Indy 500 for Andretti Autosport, where ironically, he retired after a stunning drive due to the failure of his Honda engine.
But now that McLaren and Renault—which powered Alonso's 2004 and 2005 championship wins—have paired up, the Spaniard has faith in the team.
"It’s fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren," Alonso said in a statement. "It was always where my heart was telling me to stay, and I really feel at home here. This is a fantastic team, full of incredible people, with a warmth and friendliness that I’ve never experienced elsewhere in Formula 1. I’m incredibly happy to be racing here."
that Alonso might make his sports-car debut very soon too, driving for United Autosport at next year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Alonso has expressed his desire to win Motorsport's "Triple Crown" of Monaco, Indy, and Le Mans, so a Daytona appearance could be a prelude. United Autosport is co-owned by Zak Brown, who's Alonso's boss at McLaren, so something could be easily arranged.
Things are finally looking up for Alonso in F1 after years of struggle. Hopefully he can go out strong before making more attempts at winning Indy and Le Mans.