Alonso: It’s not my intention to leave Ferrari

Fernando Alonso staying at Ferrari

Fernando Alonso staying at Ferrari

Amid reports that Fernando Alonso is being tempted by a mega-money deal to spearhead the renewed McLaren Honda partnership for 2015, the Spaniard has declared that he has no intention to leave Maranello and is intent on finishing the job he was signed up to do with the sport’s most famous team.

Speaking to Sky Sports ahead f the Italian Grand Prix weekend at Monza, Alonso said, “It’s not my intention at the moment to move, I want to win here and finish the job that we start some years ago.”

Since a falling out midway through the 2013 season with Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, speculation has been rife regarding Alonso’s future with the team.

Most recently McLaren are said to have put in a $32 million bid for his services, Honda covet a superstar driver for their Formula 1 return in 2015.

No McLaren switch in 2015: Fernando Alonso with Ron Dennis

No McLaren switch in 2015: Fernando Alonso with Ron Dennis

Alonso acknowledges, “There has been a lot of talk since last summer but from my mouth there never came any interest to leave Ferrari or any words saying l would join another team.”

“There was a lot of speculation, which is not disturbing but it created a little bit of tension and stress. Yet you also feel happy and proud that the best teams have an interest in you,” admitted Spain’s double F1 World Champion.

Alonso’s 2015 plans have been central to the F1 driver market, and could play into the hands of Jenson Button who is seeking an extra season at the pinnacle of the sport. The Spaniard’s move to McLaren would have almost certainly meant Button’s departure from Woking.

The news will also be music to the ears of Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci who has been tasked to return the Italian outfit to winning ways. With Alonso on board his task is that much easier. (GP247)