Formula 1

Fernando Alonso "not interested" in McLaren return

Alonso insists he will see out his current Ferrari contract which expires in 2016 (©GettyImages)
Alonso insists he will see out his current Ferrari contract which expires in 2016 (©GettyImages).

Fernando Alonso has quashed speculation about a possible move back to McLaren as soon as 2014 insisting he is not interested in a possible return.

Rumours have been increasing all weekend in Singapore that Honda and McLaren were targeting Alonso to partner Jenson Button with a move possibly happening as soon as next year.

However the double world champion insisted he was happy at Ferrari despite recent disappointments and the imminent arrival of Kimi Raikkonen.

Asked if he had any interested in a return Alonso replied to an Autosport reporter: "Not really."

"I repeat it more or less every weekend and I keep repeating it, I love Ferrari and I will stay at Ferrari until the end.

"It's nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren.

Alonso also played down the lack of enthusiasm for a return had anything to do with the difficult circumstances he left the Woking based team under after a year of controversies with then rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

"There were so many rumours that we had a lot of problems that year [2007] but I always said that there are no problems with anyone, it was just the philosophy of the team, especially one man in the team that is not there [anymore].

That 'man' Alonso if referring to is former McLaren team boss and now Executive Chairman of the McLaren Group Ron Dennis.

Alonso also committed himself to finishing his current contract at Ferrari which runs until 2016.

"It is good to have these comments but there is no intention. I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more to come if we can extend the contract and that would be my hope."

Finally Alonso poured more cold water on the theories the pending relationship between himself and Kimi Raikkonen could be just as hard as that with Hamilton at McLaren back in '07.

"Of course," he said when asked if he is happy to be paired with Raikkonen. "I was pushing a lot for that decision and finally they took Kimi.

"Together with Felipe [Massa], I have had four fantastic years and when the team decided to change Felipe, in the market Kimi, in my opinion, was the best option for next year.

"But what we need to do now is fight for the 2013 championship."

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