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McLaren says goodbye to Honda

McLaren says goodbye to Honda

The terrible three-year alliance between McLaren and Honda will conclude this weekend with the dispute of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, venue of the last round of the Formula 1 World Championship that will be played with the two titles already decided for a long time and that will serve to close the decadent fight for the runner-up or to fire the Brazilian driver Felipe Massa (Williams).

At the end of 2014, Alonso announced his return to the English team to lead a project with Honda that was to produce results in the medium term and that was born with the nostalgic impulse of Ayrton Senna, idol of the Spanish rider who achieved his three world titles with the first edition of the McLaren-Honda alliance.

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However, the reissue of this pact could not have been more disappointing and this Sunday it will be diluted without neither Alonso nor any of his two teammates during this period, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne, having been able to add a single podium. By contrast, the Asturian has added a total of 18 retirements since 2015, a figure that he hopes not to increase on Sunday under the twilight of Yas Marina to at least see the checkered flag in his farewell to the Japanese brand.

Alonso entrusts his next stage to Renault, the company that will supply him with engines from 2018 and whose official team is a member of Carlos Sainz, who will contest his fourth race with the diamond brand and will close a season to which he can put a high note.

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The Madrid driver has almost assured his ninth place in the World Championship, a commendable result within the rigid hierarchy of F1 and which places him as the best behind four teams that are practically unattainable with the two different cars he has driven: Mercedes , Ferrari, Red Bull and Force India.

Precisely that fight in the middle zone between Toro Rosso, Renault and Haas for places between sixth and eighth in the Constructors’ World Cup is one of the few incentives in Abu Dhabi, since there are more than ten million euros at stake from the distribution of economic benefits at the end of the season.

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