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Fernando Alonso denies looking for Ferrari exit

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Fernando Alonso has denied reports claiming the double world champion is looking for an exit from Ferrari.

The Spaniard has had a difficult year at Ferrari which came to a head in August when he was publicly rebuked by President Luca di Montezemolo and privately by team boss Steafno Domenicali for comments he made following at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Since then many reports have linked Alonso with a move away from Ferrari after four seasons of frustration.

Alonso saw reports linking him to Red Bull initially and McLaren more recently.

However, quoted by Spain's Marca newspaper he was adamant that the situation at Ferrari "has not changed at all".

"I would obviously like to win the championship, and be closer in years like this, but we are second -- something that half the grid cannot even dream of," he said.

"Lately there is a trend or a movement to say something is bad or to create controversy, but to say everything is the same does not sell as much.

"I remain confident in this team," he insisted. "I have no doubt about their work and their determination to do a very good car for 2014."

The 32-year-old also played down talk of a move back to McLaren for the Honda era coming in 2015 - claiming Ferrari was in the best place to challenge Red Bull in the future.

"We have to congratulate Red Bull for what they have done," he is quoted by Brazil's Totalrace.

"Some teams like McLaren and others cannot even reach the podium."

In a bid to improve competitiveness and end the now five-year wait for another championship, one report claims Ferrari are to open a new F1 factory at their base in Maranello.

The new building will have three-storeys and enough space to accommodate all 700 employees that specifically work on the F1 project.

The new factory will coincide with a new renovated wind-tunnel and improved driver simulator.

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