Alonso expecting ‘the feeling of wow’ from 2017 F1 cars

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso expects “the feeling of wow” when racing next year’s cars upon the overhaul of the sport’s technical regulations.

In a bid to improve the on-track spectacle, F1 cars are set to become more radical in 2017 thanks to changes in the technical regulations that should see them gain multiple seconds per lap.

Alonso has made his aversion to the current specification of F1 clear in the past, stating that his future in the sport depends on how he finds next year’s cars.

Speaking to the official F1 website, Alonso talked about his expectations for F1 in 2017, which will be the third and final year of his current McLaren contract.

“Another championship is the ultimate target and we are working hard on that project,” Alonso said.

“And with the new regulations in place next year we will probably get the excitement back as the cars will be much more attractive – and much faster. That is still the target that Fernando wants to achieve!

“I expect the feeling of ‘wow’ again, as when I started in F1.”

Alonso won his championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, but has failed to add a third crown despite stints with McLaren and Ferrari in the meantime, losing the title at the final round on three occasions.

When asked if coming so close before falling short hurt, Alonso said: “Not really.

“I have been so lucky in my entire career to fight for championships – yes, there have been more good opportunities for me but for one reason or the other it did not happen.”