Fernando Alonso has dismissed the latest round of rumors suggesting that he could be set to quit McLaren and Formula 1 should its new car fail to be competitive.
Alonso returned to McLaren for 2015 after spending five seasons with Ferrari, but was left frustrated as issues with the Honda power unit limited the Spaniard to just two points finishes.
Despite venting his frustrating on a number of occasions, Alonso insisted that he would see out his three-year contract with the team, believing that the situation would improve with time.
Speaking to the media on Tuesday after completing 119 laps behind the wheel of the MP4-31, Alonso said that he was surprised by the latest round of rumors before once again dismissing them.
“I’m surprised, all week [there] have been some rumors,” Alonso said.
“When there are too many weeks or too many months with no action on the track, there is a dangerous tendency to be creative in the news.
“It’s good now we’re on track, and hopefully there are no rumours.”
When asked if he would see out the season, Alonso said: “Of course, and next year.”
Alonso last won a world championship back in 2006 with Renault, and despite being a contender for the title on three occasions since then, he is yet to add to his tally.