Alonso in talks to extend Ferrari contract

Alonso in talks to extend Ferrari contract

3 September 2014 – Fernando Alonso has confirmed that he is in talks with Ferrari to extend his contract beyond 2016.

The Spaniard's latest comments follow on from him stating that he has no intention of leaving the Scuderia at the end of the 2014 campaign, having recently been linked to former team McLaren.

"It is a year now that I have been saying I want to stay at Ferrari and extend my contract," he told Ferrari's official website.

"That is my wish, I repeat it every two weeks, at the end of every race, yet it is never said, in fact there is a tendency for the opposite to be said.

"Talk of other teams has never come from my lips, in fact it has always been the opposite."

Asked why he has yet to ink a new deal, if both he and Ferrari want to do that, he added: "We're working on it."

"I have a contract for another two years and as I always say on the subject of rumours and to ensure calm, what I want is to continue for the necessary years," he continued.

"Let's see if that can happen, but for the next two years at least, there is no problem."

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old emphasised that he still has a lot of years left in him.

"I am much older than I look from the outside, I'm only 33 and up until five years ago, you only started in Formula 1 when you were in 26 or 27. The fact, is I started when I was 19 and it seems I'm very old, but given my actual age, I've still got lots of seasons ahead of me," he explained.

"I could have another ten: Michael Schumacher stopped when he was 43, so it's not a question of age.

"It's a question of enjoying what you do and to still want to get up in the morning to train, to get on planes and fly to Australia and Malaysia, to race with a top car and to still get a good feeling from it all.

"As Iong as I have that desire and these feelings, I am not setting a time limit."

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