Fernando Alonso is eager to go “back to normality” in 2018 and return to the front of the Formula 1 grid as he continues to mull over his future with McLaren.
McLaren announced on Friday it would be cutting ties with struggling engine partner Honda for 2018, signing a new three-year deal with Renault in a bid for greater competitiveness.
With its engine saga now over, the team will turn its attention to sewing up Alonso’s future, with the Spaniard set to be out of contract at the end of the year.
When asked what the overriding feeling would be if he stayed with McLaren and was back fighting at the front in 2018, Alonso said: “Normality.
“The aim is always to be on the podiums, to fight for victories – all the things I did for 13 years of my career.
“So, as I said, back to normality.”
No announcement was forthcoming from Alonso about his future in Singapore, with the two-time world champion saying that this week coming would be a good time to think about his plans for next year.
“I think first because of this weekend, there was already too many announcements and then secondly, on the weekend, we are very focused, especially on this one because we had one of the few chances remaining to score good points,” Alonso said.
“After here I will be in the UK next week, there is the karting world championship. I will be there and then I will be in the factory and the simulator and we will have a better time to discuss the future.
“There are all the things that are happening and we need to put everything together.”