Alonso calls for patience

January 01, 2015 13:09:09 UK

Fernando Alonso is looking at long-term success with McLaren.

Fernando Alonso does not expect to be an immediate success at McLaren and described his move as a “long-term relationship”.

The two-time world champion opted to leave Ferrari and rejoined McLaren for the 2015 campaign, despite enduring a rocky spell with them alongside Lewis Hamilton in the 2007 season.

Alonso’s return to the Woking-based team coincides with Honda replacing Mercedes as engine provider and big things are expected of the one-time successful relationship which won eight world championships and 44 grands prix in the past.

If we need to go through a period of learning, I am here for that and I am committed to working together.

Fernando Alonso

The Spaniard and his team-mate Jenson Button are set to have a much-improved car to work with from the 2014 model, which finished fifth in the constructors’ championship, with the onus being on challenging the all-conquering Mercedes team this year.

However, while Alonso has been “very impressed” with McLaren the 33-year-old does not envisage them to be fighting it out for the world championship titles in his first season.

He told BBC Sport: “I am here to win but not to win the first day. I am here to win in a long-term relationship.

“If we need to go through a period of learning, I am here for that and I am committed to working together.”

McLaren are 7.50 to win the Constructors’ Championship, while Alonso can be backed at 11.00 to lift the drivers’ crown.

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