Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Alonso keen to win wherever he races in 2018

Alonso keen to win wherever he races in 2018

Fernando Alonso is waiting for McLaren to confirm their switch from Honda to Renault engines before he clarifies his own Formula One future. "At the same time I want to give time to my team".

McLaren is in its third troublesome year with Honda and there has been scant sign of any improvement.

However, things have not gone to plan with McLaren-Honda failing to challenge and Alonso alone failing to complete six races this season with his best result to date being a sixth place finish.

Alonso has scored 10 points so far, while McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne has managed only one.

McLaren's split from Honda, and new partnership with Renault, looks imminent and the rumour mill is grinding faster as Formula One embarks on an Asian swing of races starting in Singapore this weekend.

The 36-year-old was forced to retire in the Italian Grand Prix two weeks ago (3 September). He has done well in trying circumstances with McLaren and remains ambitious. I will not be around in any series to be fighting for top 10 or top 15.

Palmer expects to see out the season, at least, amid reports he could be replaced imminently. "There are many options out there that I'm looking at". "I'll be racing until Abu Dhabi".

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.

Red Bull has a contract with Verstappen for 2019, but it is understood there are options in that agreement that would allow the Dutchman to leave early. And while in all likelihood they may be beaten by the Woking squad, with reliability and performance clearly superior to that of the current Honda engines, they may not get criticised as much as they have been for the last few years by Red Bull...

Red Bull are the only team other than Mercedes and Ferrari to have won a race this season.

However, negotiations reportedly broke down between Red Bull and Renault, who despite having claimed four world titles together from 2010 to 2013, have shared a tense relationship ever since the new 2014 engine regulations, as the Renault unit has lagged behind its Mercedes and Ferrari rivals. The youngster and his father Jos - a former F1 driver - both said after the Belgian GP they're not sure what lies in store if Red Bull and Renault can't organise a package capable of delivering sustained success. "They need to sort it out".

That puts into doubt the long-term future of Red Bull, which was already somewhat in question. Moving from one under-performing engine to the most unreliable one on the grid is hardly an enticing prospect for two of the most highly-rated drivers in F1.

Toro Rosso, however, was contracted to pay for Renault engines in 2018, thereby bringing the French manufacturer into the fold.

Verstappen was so exasperated after his engine cut out in Belgium that he sarcastically compared his vehicle to Alonso's malfunctioning McLaren in terms of unreliability. He already counts twice as many DNFs - failures to complete a race - as last season, with seven Global Positioning System remaining.

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