Fernando Alonso impressed by new McLaren MP4-31 aero package

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Fernando Alonso is ready and raring to go for the 2016 Formula 1 season with McLaren following the launch of its new MP4-31 car on Sunday morning.

McLaren unveiled its 2016 model online earlier today, sporting a sleek, black design and retaining many of the design concepts of last year’s car.

Alonso’s return to McLaren in 2015 proved to be a difficult one as issues with the Honda power unit limited him to just two points’ finishes across the course of the season.

However, the Spaniard is hopeful of an improved 2016 campaign, and is particularly impressed by the aero package on the MP4-31 car.

“The start of a new season is always a special feeling, characterized by a lot of anticipation for the year ahead. This year is no different: I’m excited and raring to go,” Alonso said.

“Last year the spotlight was very much on McLaren-Honda as we embarked on the first year of our renewed partnership. It was a tricky season for all of us, but we learned a hell of a lot.

“Likewise, it’s been a very productive winter for me. I’ve been training extremely hard, as usual, but also enjoying time with my family, and keeping tabs on all the hard work going on at the McLaren Technology Centre, Woking, where the McLaren guys have been doing an incredible job to get everything ready in time. The Honda boys have been working flat-out in Sakura, too.

“The aero package shows fantastic attention to detail. The whole car is beautiful in fact – it’s particularly nicely packaged from an aerodynamic point of view as I say – and I’m 100 per cent ready for the challenge ahead.”