Alonso brushes aside McLaren rumours
20 September 2013 – Fernando Alonso has shunned rumours linking him with a return to McLaren in future seasons, insisting that he will stay at Ferrari until the end of his Formula 1 career.
Ahead of opening practice for the Singapore Grand Prix on Friday evening, media reports claimed that McLaren, which is yet to officially confirm its complete 2014 driver line-up, had its sights set on bringing the acclaimed Spanish driver back to Woking.
However, despite suggesting that Ron Dennis' decision to step down as team boss four years ago has removed an area of potential friction, Alonso went on to make it clear that he has no current ambition to re-join the outfit he raced for back in 2007.
"Not really," said Alonso, when asked if Martin Whitmarsh has tempted a return by hailing his ability. "I repeat it more or less every weekend and I keep repeating it, I love Ferrari and I will stay there until the end. It's nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren.
"There were so many rumours that we had a lot of problems [throughout the 2007 season] but I always said that there are no problems with anyone, it was just the philosophy of the team, especially one man in the team that is not there [now]."
He concluded: "It is good to have these comments but there is no intention. I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more if we can extend the contract."
Alonso was the sixth fastest driver on the opening day of practice in Singapore.