Alonso insists he won't quit mid-season
6 April 2017 – Fernando Alonso has made clear that he will not walk away from McLaren-Honda during the 2017 season, following comments made by ex-Formula 1 driver Mark Webber.
McLaren has endured another tough start to the season, amid ongoing troubles for engine partner Honda, with Alonso declaring that the team is likely to be last "in normal conditions".
Webber suggested after the Australian Grand Prix, where Alonso retired with a suspension issue after fighting for a point, that the Spaniard may be tempted to take some time out.
"Maybe Fernando is not there the whole year. Maybe Stoffel [Vandoorne] will have a different team-mate at some point," said Webber in an interview with Belgian broadcaster Sporza.
"Fernando might not do the whole year, you never know. He's frustrated like hell."
Alonso, however, has ruled out terminating his contract early.
"No, definitely not true," said the two-time World Champion.
"It's normal from the outside for drivers to speak. If one ex-driver or motorbike rider speaks to the media then they have one question about Alonso and how the situation is.
"Everyone seems quite close to me and [says] I have a depression! But it's not like that.
"In Formula 1, I'm delivering at my best, I'm more prepared than ever.
"The team is not very competitive now and there is not much we can do from one day to another. At the same time, I think that the team is expecting an extra job from me, an extra result.
"We did that in Australia, where the predictions and simulations said we were last and we were 10th. In China, if the predictions say we are last, then hopefully Alonso will be in the points."
McLaren expects to be "exposed" at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.