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Fernando Alonso: I’m staying at McLaren – and can win a third world title here

Alonso: I’m staying at McLaren – and can win a third world title here

13/12/2016 at 18:43

Fernando Alonso has quashed speculation linking him with a switch to Mercedes by affirming his commitment to McLaren.

Alonso was in the frame to replace Nico Rosberg, who quit Formula 1 days after winning a maiden world championship.

That relocation would have paired the Spaniard with old foe Lewis Hamilton, with whom he had a thorny relationship at McLaren in 2007.

However, Alonso has repeated his confident Flavio Briatore’s views and says he is not interested in leaving his current employers.

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"I believe in this project," he said. "I'm committed and I want to be world champion with McLaren-Honda. That's my only goal."

Alonso will partner Stoffel Vandoorne in 2017 following Jenson Button’s retirement.

Valtteri Bottas is widely considered the front-runner to fill the vacancy, although Mercedes have had an initial approach rebuffed by Williams.

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Mercedes reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein is also in the frame.

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