Fernando Alonso expressed his wish to move to a winning Formula 1 team in 2018 and his continuing motivation to achieve the ‘Triple Crown’ of motorsport.
The two-time champion hinted that he may have a Le Mans 24 Hours seat ready for him next year as the endurance race does not clash with an F1 event on 2018’s calendar. His decision hinges on those taken by McLaren, which is expected to announce a 2018 switch to Renault engines this week.
“My priority is Formula 1 and winning here. The triple crown is in the background and as I said there are many races, not only [the Indianapolis 500], so there are many, many possibilities to [have] a fantastic 2018,” said Alonso during the Singapore Grand Prix press conference on Thursday.
“As I said, my plans haven’t changed. I’m waiting for my current team to make their decisions and after that to negotiate wherever the possibilities I have are.
“The triple crown, to win it one day – I think that will put me at a good level as a complete driver who can win in any series at any time,” he added.
Alonso did miss the Monaco GP to compete in the Indy 500 this year, the race in which he led 27 laps but finished 24th due to a late engine failure.
Zak Brown has reportedly told Alonso not to skip the Monaco GP as the McLaren Executive Director expects his team to be far more competitive next year, and Alonso agrees.
“The triple crown is clear target for me in the future and there are a few races there [to complete],” said Alonso.
“One of those is the Indy 500 and together with Monaco as we know. There is another one there to complete. The triple crown is ongoing.
“But yeah I agree with what Zak said – if I remain in F1 it is because I believe I can win next year so that will ease the decision a lot, because I will be in Monaco – I don’t want to lose any points there.
With McLaren’s announcement to use Renault engines due soon, and Toro Rosso’s switch to Honda power units pending, Alonso’s tone was markedly more optimistic. Yet he continued to pile the pressure on McLaren as he maintained his wish to be in a winning car next year.
“As I said, I will think what is the best option, and as I said many times whatever I do next year is because I want to win.
“I will not be around in any series to be fighting for top 10, or top 15 or anything like that.
“There are many options like that which I am studying or looking at and I said Formula 1 is my first and only priority so I will wait to make a decision on that before making a decision on other series.
“At the same time I want to give time to my team after the last three years with so much struggle that we went through together: to have time for them to make decisions, to see the future and the next year’s car.
“After they take decisions I will take mine. I want to stay loyal to that and not make any decisions without them making their decisions.
“So those objectives [to achieve the triple crown] are still there and as I said, for my fans and motorsport lovers, they will have a fantastic 2018 season, so the plan is still going and very good news is coming,” added Alonso.
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