Formula One: Alonso rules out quitting McLaren during season

Fernando Alonso is out of contract this year, but Renault will not be going all out to try to re-sign the Spaniard.

Fernando Alonso has ruled out any possibility that he will quit McLaren during the Formula One season, stating that he is "more prepared than ever" to perform to the best of his ability.

The two-time F1 world champion warned he would not accept more failure from his team after he could only qualify in 13th at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last month.

Alonso was forced to retire with seven laps remaining in Melbourne due to a suspension issue and said he was surprised to have got up to 10th place, as McLaren deserve to be last "in normal conditions in the normal circuit".

Reports have suggested that the 35-year-old could turn his back on McLaren during the campaign, but he said that will not happen.

"No, definitely not true," Alonso said. "It's normal from the outside that drivers speak and I have read comments from many people.

"In Spain also, if one ex-driver or motorbike rider speaks to the media they have one question that is also about Alonso. 'How do they see the situation?' And everyone seems to be quite close to me and I have a depression! But it's not like that.

"In Formula One I am delivering at my best, I'm more prepared than ever and I perform at my best. The team is not very competitive now, okay that's true and there is not much we can do from one day to another, it's hard work.

"At the same time, I think that the team is expecting an extra job from me now, an extra result, as we did in Australia where the predictions and simulations said we were last and we were 10th. In China, if the prediction says we are last, hopefully Alonso is in the points."

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