Alonso: 'Unfinished business' with McLaren
18 August 2017 – Fernando Alonso says he is open to sticking with McLaren for 2018, highlighting "unfinished business together", but needs reassurances over its future plans.
Alonso initially raced for McLaren in 2007, after winning back-to-back world titles at Renault, and narrowly missed out on a third straight crown to Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen.
A frosty relationship with team-mate Lewis Hamilton sent him straight back to Renault, before a five-year stint at Ferrari, with which he finished runner-up on three occasions.
Alonso returned to McLaren in 2015, for the outfit's reunion with Honda, but the manufacturer has struggled to produce a reliable and competitive power unit, restricting him to occasional points finishes.
As speculation about his future rumbles on, Alonso made clear that he has not yet reached a decision, and remains "very open" about the path he will take.
"I'm talking to McLaren, of course, because it's my team, and I think we have unfinished business together to win in Formula 1," said Alonso in an interview with CNN.
Asked what his decision will depend on, he said: "How competitive we will be. Everyone will have their opinion of what we need. I have mine... I will not share it now, but I have mine!
"If that happens, I will consider for sure to stay and to win with McLaren."
Alonso added that racing in Formula 1 is his "priority" for 2018, amid talk that he could compete elsewhere, following an impressive run at the Indianapolis 500.
"Formula 1 is still my priority, my life, and winning the championship is what I'm hoping [for]," he said.
"If I don't see any clear project that will allow me to fight for the win then I will look outside Formula 1, but that's maybe by November or December.
"I will try all the possibilities before that."
Asked if he has given up hope of winning in Formula 1 again, Alonso commented: "No, it will happen. I have a feeling that it will happen next year."