Fernando Alonso won’t endure the same troubles he experienced at McLaren in 2007 when he partnered Lewis Hamilton, when he returns to the outfit next season.
That’s the view of Hamilton, who reckons both Alonso and McLaren have changed since the troubled season which saw the Spaniard terminate his contract early despite coming to within one point of the title.
“It is an interesting decision with the team, but I wish him all the best,” said Hamilton, who was asked for his opinion on the pairing during a Merceds ‘Stars and Cars’ event at the weekend.
“It will be a new experience for them,” he added. “Fernando has grown a huge amount over the years, both as a driver and maturity wise as well.
“And, having the experience previously with Ron, he will definitely have a much better handle on it and won’t be in a tricky situation like last time.”
Alonso is set to be confirmed as a McLaren driver next week, with the team meeting on Thursday to finalise who his team-mate will be, with Jenson Button, Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne in the running.