Alonso hints at his fu­ture

For­mula One McLaren driver might stay ... if he’s in a win­ning car

The Times (South Africa) - - Sport -

● Fer­nando Alonso said on Thurs­day he’d give McLaren a chance to set­tle their plans be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion about his fu­ture — but warned that he wouldn’t stick around in a los­ing car. The frus­trated two-time world cham­pion has been mak­ing noises all sea­son about quit­ting the Bri­tish team, who are widely ex­pected to dump their mis­fir­ing Honda en­gines and go with Re­nault in­stead.

Alonso’s car has failed to com­plete six races this sea­son, and his best fin­ish so far is sixth. He said he had “many op­tions” both in­side and out­side of For­mula One, but added that “very good news is com­ing’’.

“What­ever I do next year is be­cause I want to win. I will not be around in any se­ries to be fight­ing for top 10 or top 15,” he told re­porters ahead of the Sin­ga­pore Grand Prix.

“There are many op­tions out there that I’m look­ing at. For­mula One is my first and only pri­or­ity so I will wait to make a de­ci­sion on that be­fore mak­ing de­ci­sions on other se­ries.

“At the same time I want to give time to my team. Af­ter the last three years, the strug­gles we went through to­gether, to have time for them to make de­ci­sions, to see the fu­ture, next year’s car. And af­ter they take de­ci­sions I will take mine.”

Alonso’s com­ments ap­pear to hint that he will stay at McLaren next year if they axe Honda, which is strongly ru­moured to hap­pen be­fore Sun­day’s race. FER­NANDO ALONSO McLaren driver

Alonso, 36, is one of the old­est driv­ers on the grid, and he also han­kers af­ter be­com­ing only the sec­ond man af­ter Gra­ham Hill to com­plete motorsport’s Triple Crown — win­ning the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans.

Alonso last year skipped Monaco to race the Indy 500 but he seemed hope­ful that he would con­test the fa­mous grand prix next sea­son.

“If I re­main in For­mula One it is be­cause I can be­lieve that I can win next year. So that will make the de­ci­sion a lot eas­ier be­cause I will be in Monaco be­cause I won’t want to lose any points,” he said.

“The pri­or­ity is For­mula One ... and the Triple Crown is in the back­ground. I’m wait­ing for my cur­rent team to make their de­ci­sions and af­ter that, to ne­go­ti­ate.” He added: “For my fans and for motorsport lovers, they will have a fan­tas­tic 2018 sea­son. The plan is on­go­ing and very good news is com­ing.”

“For my fans, the plan is on­go­ing and very good news is com­ing”

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