Fernando Alonso expects Formula One's new generation of cars to give drivers the "wow" factor of the previous decade in 2017.
Double world champion Alonso has made no secret of the fact he has been disillusioned with modern F1 cars, saying last year they gave him no joy to drive. F1 is undergoing a facelift this year, with wider tyres and an aerodynamic shake-up set to produce wider, faster and more aggressive-looking cars.
The Spaniard's contract runs until the end of 2017 and he has stated his future beyond this year hinges on how much he enjoys driving the new cars.
Asked by the official F1 website if the new regulations can make him "hooked" on driving again, Alonso said: "Yes, because it means that you are very excited in the car when you jump in. I expect the feeling of 'wow' again - as when I started in F1!"
Despite being widely considered as the most complete driver on the current grid, Alonso just has the world titles won in 2005 and 2006 to his name, following near-misses in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Though he wants to see a better breed of F1 car this season Alonso says there should be no doubting his desire to add a third title to the collection before retiring.
"Another championship is the ultimate target - and we are working hard on that project. 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!"