Fernando Alonso to consider F1 future after 2017 season

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Fernando Alonso will make a decision whether or not to continue his Formula 1 career after trying out the new iteration of car under the proposed overhaul of the technical regulations in 2017.

Alonso made his F1 debut back in 2001 and won two championships with Renault, but has been without a title since 2006.

The Spaniard endured a tough first season back at McLaren in 2015 as issues with the Honda power unit held the team back, leading to questions about his long-term future in the sport.

Alonso has said time and time again that he would see out his three-year contract with McLaren, due to expire at the end of 2017, and will consider extending his F1 career after racing the new cars proposed for 2017.

“I have a contract until the end of 2017, so that’s the minimum I will be [at McLaren],” Alonso told reporters in Azerbaijan earlier this week at the launch of the European Grand Prix.

“Then in 2017 the regulations will change a lot, the cars will be very different, supposed to be five seconds faster.

“So I will drive in 2017, see how much I enjoy driving those cars, and I will make a decision to stay more years or to stop in F1.”

A decision on the new technical regulations for the 2017 season is due by the end of April, with more durable tires and more downforce being planned to make the cars a minimum of three seconds per lap quicker than in 2016.