Fernando Alonso has dismissed speculation about an early departure from McLaren by confirming he will see out his three-year contract with the team, ending in 2017.
At the last Formula 1 race in Japan, Alonso publicly vented his frustration with the team’s Honda power unit that has limited the performance of its MP4-30 car throughout 2015.
The Spaniard’s future was immediately brought into question amid rumors of a possible exit for teammate Jenson Button, but both now appear to have firm futures at McLaren.
Speaking in Thursday’s press conference ahead of the Russian Grand Prix, Alonso clarified his tweets following the race in Japan, affirming his future with McLaren.
When asked if he would “100 per cent be with McLaren” in 2016, Alonso replied: “And ’17, yes.”
Alonso 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.”
Alonso said that he believes radio messages should not remain public and instead be restricted to just the team, the driver and the FIA.
“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.”