Alonso: 'I've never felt better'

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Fernando Alonso says he has "never felt better" ahead of an F1 season than he does approaching his second spell at McLaren.

McLaren launched the MP4-30 on Thursday, with Alonso set to drive the Honda-powered car first at Jerez on Sunday. Having himself rejoined McLaren from Ferrari over the winter, Alonso said he's never been more motivated to start a season than this year as he looks to help the team return to winning ways.

“Although the winter period is a time for rest and relaxation from racing, my motivation could not be stronger for the new season," Alonso said. "I’ve done a lot of training during the winter break, to reach my peak physical fitness, and I’ve been working hard in preparation for this new era of McLaren-Honda. I’ve never felt better, or more ready for a new season.

“Of course, we’re prepared for a steep learning curve, but it’s clear to see that inside McLaren-Honda there’s total commitment, and a real change in feeling, as we start this new partnership. We’re all focused on the challenge ahead, and I feel extremely honoured to be part of a relationship that has shared so much history together.

"My aim is to help write a new chapter in the history of McLaren-Honda. We understand the effort and teamwork required to take McLaren-Honda back to where it should be, at the front of the grid, and all our energy as a team is focused on that goal."

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