Fernando Alonso confirmed that his Formula 1 future decision will make around November-December, with the two-time world champion hints – he will either remain with McLaren in 2018, convince a ‘winning’ team to sign him up or look outside F1.
The Spaniard is out of deal at McLaren-Honda at the end of the season and has earlier stated that he would use the summer break to choose on his next destination whilst leaving the door open for his current team to provide him with a car that is capable of winning races.
“Formula One is still my priority, it’s my life, and winning the world championship is what I’m hoping,” Alonso told CNN’s The Circuit.
“If I don’t see any project that will allow me to fight for the win I will look outside F1 — but that’s (a decision I will make around) November-December. I will try all the possibilities before that.”
Alonso also stated that he still has hopes of winning the Triple Crown, but may not return for another crack at the Indy 500 as soon as next year.
“It may happen,” Alonso said. “I would like to go back there but maybe not in the very near future.”
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Renault are a more possible option, and Alonso has proved he would be willing to rejoin a former team, but the French team have already admitted they won’t be winning races next year.
The other alternative would appear to be another racing series – something the 36-year-old is keen on after his Indianapolis 500 venture – but that does not seem to match the hints Alonso has been dropping in recent months.