Alonso denies F1 exit talk


Fernando Alonso has quashed speculation that he could be set to join the World Endurance Championship (WEC) by insisting that he remains fully committed to Formula One.

The 35-year-old Spaniard had suggested to his former F1 colleague Mark Webber that he was interested in following him into the WEC.

But the McLaren driver has now claimed his comments were misconstrued and that his immediate focus is trying to add to his 2005 and 2006 F1 titles.

"I am committed to F1 100 per cent next year with the team," he said. "In the future it [WEC] is a very attractive challenge and thing to do, the Le Mans 24 Hours, because I like the category and I like the cars.

"But that future, I don't know if it means in two years' time, five years' time or 11 years' time." 

Alonso has failed to secure a single podium finish this year and currently occupies 10th place in the drivers' championship.

But he has regularly out-performed team-mate Jenson Button and remains adamant that he has thoroughly enjoyed the season. 

"2012 is probably my best season in F1," he said. "Then 2014 could be my second best and then this one probably will be on the final step of the podium so far in my opinion, because I felt very confident with the car in every condition.

"I'm happy with the things we have done and the progress of the team as well. It will be a completely different taste this final race in Abu Dhabi compared to 12 months ago when we were disappointed, sad and many things were going on in our heads.

"This year everything is optimistic and joy. We know there is still a long way to go to become champions but the feeling is much more happy than last year."