Cape Town - Having signed with Renault for 2018, Eric Boullier believes
it is only a matter of time before Fernando Alonso commits to McLaren.
The double World Champion's future has been one of the hot
topics in this year's silly season, linked largely to McLaren's engine
However, with the Woking team confirming their split from
Honda and signing with Renault for three years, Boullier believes Alonso will
be the next to sign.
"Today we know that we have a decent chassis, which
would allow us to be in the top three again with an equal level engine, so for
us as a business it is important to be competitive, no matter what role
Fernando plays," the McLaren Racing Director told the official F1 website.
"We had to make this decision for us.
"But if you want to be competitive you not only need an
engine, you also need a driver. That is when Fernando comes into the picture.
"We did what we did for McLaren first – but the package
includes also the driver.
"Fernando wants to stay. You can see it in his body
language and the way he speaks. There are marketing details that have to be
sorted out and that Zak (Brown) is working on."