Alonso, who will be the first to drive the new car when testing begins at Jerez on Sunday, said the team “have to be ready now is to learn, be very open”.
“I think the first couple of days with the car we will discover many things and we need to be ready to react to all the problems we may face and be ready with an answer from everybody all together,” Alonso explained.
“I think it’s going to be a learning year and a learning process for all of us. Obviously we are here to win so the goal is to win, there is nothing more than that but I think we need to be ready to work as a team, very united to achieve that win as soon as possible.”
Alonso added he and team mate Jenson Button recognised the team has “great potential” following its reunion with Honda. “We have experience, we have the speed, we have the knowledge of some important years in Formula One,” he said.
He said the experience the two world champions bring to the team will be important to help McLaren make progress as they are the only team using Honda engines this year.
“I think for Honda arriving all the developing phase that we will have now in winter I think we need to work extra time Jenson and me because I think our help could be good for our team this year, especially the beginning,” he said.
“He is not only a great driver he is also a very nice person,” Alonso added, “it’s going to be a very interesting year and I am looking forward to everything”.
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