Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso has made a troubled start to his second spell at McClaren as they continue to try and revive season
Two-time formula one world champion Fernando Alonso has endured a tough second spell so far at McLaren, but the Spaniard is confident of an overturn in form and fortunes in his home Grand Prix in Barcelona.
The former Ferrari driver finished 11th in the previous race meeting in Bahrain and was agonisingly close to securing the team’s maiden points of the current campaign and will have to overcome championship favourite Lewis Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg, who is a best priced 3/1 with Bet365 to reign in Spain.
Although, despite his team’s stuttering start to the season, having struggled in the opening four races, the Spanish steerer has declared his team’s confidence of overcoming such a slow beginning.
“We are all united. We are all grown up and committed to this project. Nobody is panicking in this tough moment – and panicking can be very easy in such a tough situation,” said Alonso.
The 2005 and 2006 world champion is confident McLaren can rediscover their rapid form on the return to his native country.
“I predict that in Barcelona we will see the first huge step and also the power effect is low in Monaco so we should also have a good race there.
The fan favourite driver is a massive 750/1 with Bet365 to make a triumphant return to Spain and is sure of an up-rise in his performances.
“My prediction is that the next three races will be very interesting for us. I promise my fans to do everything to improve the performance,” he continued.
“The steps that we’ve made since Melbourne all point in the right direction. We will be working flat out to increase the performance for Barcelona – and the odds indicate that we should.
“I am optimistic – even if I am aware of the fact that still a lot needs to be done.”
Alonso has dropped well behind in the running for the driver’s championship title, with reigning champion Hamilton an odds-on 1/6 favourite with William Hill, while his close trailing Mercedes teammate Rosberg is a tasty 10/1 with Sky Bet to succeed overall this season.
Betting tip: Rosberg to win Spanish Grand Prix @ 3/1 with Bet365