Formula 1 - Alonso confirms Ferrari stay to dispel McLaren link

Fernando Alonso has expressed his desire to remain at Ferrari for at least three more years, seemingly ending McLaren’s chance of landing the Spaniard after the Woking-based outfit suggested they would welcome the former world champion back.

Formula 1 - Alonso confirms Ferrari stay to dispel McLaren link

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Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain walks into his garage after arriving at the paddock ahead of the Singapore F1 Grand Prix September 19, 2013. (Reuters)

Despite sitting second in the world championship standings, albeit 53 points off pacesetter Sebastian Vettel, Alonso has cut a forlorn figure at times this season with the driver desperate to win back the world crown he last won in 2006.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, who took over from Ron Dennis in 2009, said at the Singapore Grand Prix that he would have no hesitation in signing the double world champion who left McLaren under a cloud at the end of the 2007 season.

"It's nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren,” Alonso told AutoSport.

"There were so many rumours that we had a lot of problems that year [2007] but I always said that there are no problems with anyone, it was just the philosophy of the team, especially one man in the team that is not there [anymore].

"It is good to have these comments but there is no intention. I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more to come if we can extend the contract and that would be my hope."

Alonso will join up with Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari in 2014 after the Lotus driver penned a one-year deal with the Italian team.

McLaren are yet to confirm their line-up for next season but current drivers Jenson Button and Sergio Perez are confident they will retain their seats.

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