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Alonso "will stay" at McLaren if it wins by September

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Fernando Alonso looks destined to leave McLaren after the two-time world champion said "If we are winning before September I will stay". We are lacking in the power unit.

"I think Zak's comments about the Honda team is probably what you expect him to say". But it was fun to watch, as you knew McLaren was going to stick through it and maybe the two icons in racing would work things out.

Honda reportedly contribute as much as $100m to McLaren's budget, yet the team's primary concern is attempting to convince premier driver Alonso to remain with the team beyond the end of the current season. He wants to win, he wants to put McLaren in a contender position for championships again.

"In F1, a third World Championship is my biggest priority and a Formula 1 vehicle is the best thing I can drive after 16 years' experience".

"I don't want to get into what our options are".

"Same with me, I want to win".




What will Alonso do if he leaves McLaren? He insists another world championship in F1 is still his primary goal, but added that he is "not afraid" of a future outside F1.

It is a plan Alonso says he is against to the extent that he would be willing to walk away from the series if Liberty Media follows through.

Asked if his Indy 500 excursion had influenced his thinking, he was insistent: "The third world championship is my biggest priority".

Alonso returned to McLaren upon its reunion with Honda in 2015 but is now in the final season of a three-year deal, and title ambitions have not been realised, with the operation yet to score a point in 2017 amid a lack of reliability and performance. "I developed my skills to drive F1 cars for 16 years so it is the best auto I can drive". "And I know that I can win in any series". Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull are considered unlikely to want to sign him and while Renault is keen, it also could not afford to pay him anything like the amount of money he is earning this year.

"I jump in any auto in any categories with any tyres and rules, I go there and I am competitive", he said. Don't miss the Canadian GP live only on Sky Sports F1 this weekend.

"When I started it was with 16 races with some testing", he said.


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