Alonso still working out 'details' for 2018
13 October 2017 – Fernando Alonso says he is still working out "some details" regarding his 2018 racing plans, hinting at a 24 Hours of Le Mans appearance, with the Triple Crown remaining a "very big priority".
Alonso has spent the past three Formula 1 seasons with McLaren, all of them blighted by Honda's unreliable and uncompetitive power unit, limiting him to a best race result of fifth.
However, McLaren will switch from Honda to Renault power over the winter, and team chiefs are hopeful of agreeing a new deal with the Spaniard.
Addressing his future in an Instagram Q&A, Alonso stated that there is "not many news" to report, but suggested he is edging closer to a decision.
While he is expected to continue at McLaren, Alonso repeated his desire to complete the Triple Crown, which comprises the Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Alonso is already a two-time winner in Monte-Carlo (2006 and 2007), and starred at this year's Indy 500, running among the front group after qualifying fifth, but has yet to tackle the endurance classic.
"I'm still thinking, I'm still deciding," commented Alonso.
"Let's say I could have a decision already made, but there are still some details that we need to figure out.
"As I've said many times, my aim is to be the best driver in the world, to be the most complete driver in the world, and for that you need to win in different series, in different cars, in different times.
"The Triple Crown is still a very big priority for me, so I'm working on that.
"I think it's going to be a very exciting 2018 season for motorsport fans. I hope you love that and I hope you will appreciate the extra effort."
Pushed for his thoughts on IndyCar, Alonso added: "I think the full championship is something not in the short-term that I'm thinking.
"The Indianapolis 500 is something very attractive that I will do in the future; I don't know when that future will be, but I would like to have another try there.
"For all the fans there in America, be sure that I will go again there, but I don't know when exactly."
Alonso also reiterated that he has no regrets about previous decisions over a Formula 1 career in which he has raced for Minardi, Renault, McLaren and Ferrari.
"I think every decision that I made in the past, there was a reason behind that," he said.
"I heard and I read many people saying, 'You never choose the right team', and I tend not to agree with that.
"I've been in Formula 1 for years now, and most of those years I've been fighting for World Championships and fighting for podiums, so I feel extremely lucky.
"I drove for Renault, I drove for McLaren-Mercedes, I drove for Ferrari, I drove for McLaren-Honda.
"Now, I know that there are many people with crystal balls, but at the time... when Red Bull was winning, for example, Red Bull at that time was just an energy drink, no more than that.
"Mercedes now is winning, and I remember when [Lewis] Hamilton went there, the first year was not good. The year that Michael Schumacher came back to Formula 1, to Mercedes, was not good.
"It was not that straightforward a decision as it seems now.
"Things could be different, but you never plan those things."