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Fernando Alonso intends to still race with McLaren for the next few seasons..

Fernando Alonso to give McLaren 'a chance' in future seasons

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Fernando Alonso has stated that he intends to give McLaren 'a chance' for the future ahead of the team's upcoming split from Honda.

Talking to Spanish television station El Hormigue, Alonso said: "They have to make their decision before I do mine and I intend to be loyal to the team."

He continued: "We have to wait to see how the situation develops."

The team are currently experiencing engine problems going into the latter stages of the current season as they look to forge a partnership with Renault ahead of the new campaign.

Alonso says that he will give the team time to resolve the troubles before he thinks about his own future.

He said: "When they clear up and know the chassis and engine package they are going to have, I will make a decision."

The Spaniard has enjoyed two spells with McLaren and has been with the team since 2015.

The two-time championship winner came third with the team in 2007 with four wins and 12 podium finishes.

Alonso suggested that his history with the team has been an important factor in making a decision on his future. 

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He said: "I will give them a chance, because we have spent very hard times together, I feel part of the team and I think they deserve it.

"Three years of not being competitive are the limit for a team like McLaren, one of the best in F1 history. I'm very optimistic," Alonso concluded.

The former Ferrari driver currently sits in 15th position in the championship on ten points with only seven races left to go. 

He did not finish his last race at the 2017 Italian Grand Prix, but was adjudged to have finished 90 percent and was eventually attributed with a 17th-placed finish.

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Alonso missed the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix due to his participation in the Indianapolis 500 with the McLaren-Honda-Andretti team. 

McLaren are reportedly due to confirm their intentions on the situation by the end of the week.

The next race will take place on the September 17 with the Singapore Grand Prix.

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