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Jackie Stewart says Alonso the Right Move

Alonso is the right choice according to three time World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart.
Alonso is the right choice according to three time World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart.

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Although the new deal has yet to be confirmed, Alonso is expected to race for McLaren-Honda in next year’s Championship.

“First of all Honda must have had an influence in introducing Alonso to McLaren,” Stewart told PTI.

“Obviously they want a top line winner and Alonso certainly is that person. I think that is a good move for McLaren and him.”

Alonso’s move to McLaren will mark his second stint in Woking having spent a season there back in 2007.

That year ended in acrimony and an aborted contract as Alonso clashed with then team-mate Lewis Hamilton while Spygate soured his relationship with Ron Dennis.

This time around, though, Stewart reckons Alonso will have a say in whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen stays on as his team-mate.

Alonso apparently has some say in who his teammate will be.
Alonso apparently has some say in who his teammate will be.

The triple World Champion said: “I suspect he will have a say on who the number two driver will be. But that is not unusual for a number one driver. The same was the case when Michael Schumacher was at Ferrari.”

As for his own opinion on whether McLaren should retain Button, Stewart said: “Jenson has been around for a long time and it is not impossible for them to look to the youth for future. On occasions Jenson was very fast this season but this is a team decision so let’s see what they decide.”

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