Fernando Alonso is still targeting a tilt at the 2017 world championship.
That is despite the fact that he is also saying next year could be his last in formula one, as he recoils from a category that he says was once so much more exciting.
Alonso told the El Larguero programme on Cadena Ser radio that the main problem is cars that are “less demanding” than ever.
“The cars are less attractive,” he admitted. “There is less of a feeling of speed. It’s about saving the tyres, saving the fuel.
“If F1 is to be more saving than attacking, I will think if I will continue,” said Alonso.
In the meantime, McLaren-Honda has been making steady progress this year and Alonso is not even ruling out a sneaky podium in the final six races of 2016.
And he said that if that progress continues, McLaren will be in a “strong” position next year. “The aim next year is to be in the fight for the title,” he confirmed.
Turning his attention to this year’s title battle, Alonso said he thinks it could ultimately come down to “reliability” between Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.