Jarno Truli believes that Fernando Alonso will not find his situation any easier now that he has returned to McLaren for the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The Spaniard left Ferrari after a five-year stint to rejoin the Woking-based constructor with whom he raced for a single season in 2007, however, Trulli doubts his former teammate’s move will benefit him initially.

Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso

Trulli and Alonso were teammates at Renault in 2003-4.

“Unfortunately [McLaren] doesn’t look to be a better option for Alonso than Ferrari,” the Italian veteran of 256 Grands Prix said.

“At the moment there is nowhere better to be if not at Mercedes. That leaves you with very few options, and that’s the situation Fernando is in now.

“It is a difficult situation and hard to accept, even for him, because he obviously wants to fight for victory.

“But I think it’s going to be another tough season this year with McLaren,” he added, suggesting the team’s first-year partnership with Honda will provide plenty of headaches while the Japanese engine-builder gets up to speed in its comeback year.

“I don’t wish that for him, but it does not look good,” added the Italian, who was Alonso’s teammate at Renault during the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Prior to that, Trulli had been teammate to Alonso’s teammate, Jenson Button, at the same team in 2002.

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Blaž Štremfelj

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