Fernando Alonso insists he is “not pessimistic” after a fourth consecutive troubled winter for McLaren. After three bad years with Honda, the British team has finally dropped the Japanese manufacturer and switched to Renault power.

But McLaren still had winter testing trouble. Alonso told Spanish radio Onda Cero: “I do not see any reason to be pessimistic. McLaren is the second best team in history, Renault is one of the best engine makers ever and we are full of ambition. I do not see why it will not turn out well.”

However, the team had higher hopes at the launch of the new orange car, refusing even to rule out wins.

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