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Alonso vows to see out three-year deal with McLaren-Honda

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Alonso vows to see out three-year deal with McLaren-Honda

Alonso vows to see out three-year deal with McLaren-Honda

Fernando Alonso has rejected rumour about an early exit from McLaren-Honda by confirming he will see out his three-year contract with the team, ending in 2017.

The Spaniard speaking in Thursday’s press conference ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, made light of his frustrations with the struggling McLaren Honda team and confirmed he plans to stay with the team next year and through 2017.

He also said his widely broadcast team-radio messages, in which he criticised the performance of his car’s Honda engine during the Japanese Grand Prix, were irrelevant and had not upset Honda.

When asked if he would “100 per cent be with McLaren” in 2016, Alonso replied: “And ’17, yes.”

The double-time world champion also admitted that his radio comments at Suzuka were not a dig at McLaren, but instead simply the frustration of a racer giving his all and still falling short.

“It’s the frustration of battling hard and being a competitive sportsman,” Alonso said.

“When you are in a car, in a race and you try to give it all and you are fighting lap after lap and you keep losing positions easily on the straight, even before the braking point, you get some frustration out there on the radio.

“I’m happy it was only broadcast in Suzuka because if you hear all the races, all the radio messages from me or from Jenson or whatever, you will be even more surprised.”

“What you talk on the radio should remain private because you are talking with your team not publicly,”

Alonso said. “I think publicly, as I said, we have been very, very positive all the time.

“You know sometimes it’s normal and understandable, talking to the team, you know the level of frustration and the level of commitment that I have for racing and Jenson has for racing as well, when you are battling and you cannot hold anyone behind and you are losing positions is normal.

“But as I said, this is a very unique sport, that we have a microphone in our helmet and it goes live on television. Imagine in NBA or football players or something like that what we can find. This is normal and it’s just talking to the team, it’s understandable the frustration with the car.”

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