Alonso reaffirms commitment to McLaren in F1

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Fernando Alonso took to Twitter to respond to speculation about his future with McLaren following an outburst during Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Alonso joined McLaren at the beginning of 2015, but has failed to enjoy the kind of success that he had hoped for thanks to the problematic Honda power unit, which has blighted the team’s fortunes.

In Japan, Alonso twice took to the radio to criticize the power unit, saying it was “embarrassing” that he was being passed by backmarkers and comparing it to the engines used in F1’s feeder series, GP2.

After the race, the Spaniard was coy with the media when asked about his future in F1. This followed comments from his former manager, Flavio Briatore, earlier this week that suggested Alonso could quit McLaren if the team’s situation does not improve soon.

Writing on Twitter after the race, Alonso made clear that he is not looking to leave McLaren, saying that he remains committed to his three-year contract before once again saying that he plans to finish his F1 career with the British team.

Alonso’s last spell with McLaren ended after just one season in 2007 following a falling out with the team, whilst his exit from Ferrari last year was also far from peaceful.

This prompted many to question whether his second spell with McLaren might go the same way, but for the time being, it appears that the Spaniard remains committed to the Honda project.