Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso is certainly in the twilight of his career, and as a result, has a number of decisons to make regarding his immediate future.
The 36-year-old is certainly one of the sport's most talented drivers, but with his career almost at an end in motorsport's most elite discipline, the Spaniard is now weighing up his options, and for good reason.
The McLaren driver will see his current contract come to an end this year, but it certainly has been a tough few years for him.
Engine trouble have been one of the sources of Alonso's frustration.
McLaren, who currently use Honda's engines, have had their own fair share of frustration, with engine failiures and poor performance causing major problems.
As a result, Alonso is keen to sort out his future in motorsport, and explained his thoughts in a bit more detail when he told CNN: "I would look at another team first -- Formula One is still my priority and my life and winning a world championship is what I am hoping for."
It's expected that Alonso will decide what he wants to do after the summer break, but has also made it clear he will look at all available options.
Ultimately, though, he would like to stay within Formula One and try his luck with another team first and formeost.
The Spaniard went on to tell CNN: "If I don't see any clear project that will allow me to fight for the win I will look outside F1 -- but that's a decision I will make around November-December. I will try all the possibilities before that."
Earlier this year, Alonso took part in Indy 500, and his performances pushed him into serious contention of winning. Engine failure robbed him of potential glory, though, with the engine giving up in the final stages of the competition.
Despite doing so well in the competition, he has reiterated that he would like to stay in Formula One for the forseeable future at least.
He is still targeting motorsports triple crown, the Monaco Grand Prix, Le Mans, and Indy 500, but insisted that a third Formula One title is still a major goal.
He explained: "My first priority is F1 -- winning the third world championship, but I want to attempt the triple crown as well. It may happen. I would like to go back there to Indy but maybe not in the very near future."
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