McLaren’s Zak Brown is adamant that absolutely no tension exists between the team and star driver Fernando Alonso, even though its endless power unit struggles have led to widespread difficulty in keeping morale high.

McLaren will soon be hoping to persuade Alonso to sign a new contract as his current deal nears its end, and whilst this seems unlikely due to the team’s poor form, Brown says that it has still maintained a good relationship with the Spaniard – as team and driver are united in their disappointment. “I think Fernando loves the atmosphere here at McLaren and I don’t think there’s another team that he would prefer to drive for more than us,” he told Spain’s AS newspaper.

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