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Alonso wants ‘safe’ F1 team for 2018, clearest sign leave McLaren

Fernando Alonso has given the clearest sign yet that he will leave McLaren-Honda at the end of the year.

Recently former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has advised Ferrari to consider a familiar face if it has a vacancy to fill for 2018.

The Spaniard has struggled with the hapless Anglo-Japanese collaboration throughout his three-year contract, but said in Baku he wants to make it “clear to all my fans” that he will definitely still be in F1 next year.

As for the team, though, it now seems obvious Alonso will stop hoping that Honda will finally improve.

“I’m not going to sit down with anyone until September,” Alonso told Spanish radio Cadena Cope.

“But I want to go to a safe project, not a risky one. I would like to be in a place I can be competitive from day one and win.

“After 16 years, with everything I have achieved, I would like to be competitive in my last years in formula one,” the 35-year-old added.

Alonso also said he thinks the 2018 ‘silly season’ will be more unpredictable than many F1 insiders are expecting.

“I know there are more moves than we all probably know,” he said.

“It seems that some teams are already set for next year, but I do not think it is 100pc confirmed,” Alonso added. “I think there will be a lot of changes in 2018.”

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