Alonso keen to win wherever he races in 2018

Alonso keen to win wherever he races in 2018

"It is what Valentino Rossi has been dealing with for the last 10 years, I guess".

Alonso has encountered numerous reliability problems with McLaren this season, leading to speculation he will leave the team in search of a competitive auto.

McLaren are set to confirm they have reached an agreement with Renault, which will see the French company provide its engines to the Woking-based team from next season. "I will wait to make a decision on that before making decisions on other series", the two-time world champion added.

Alonso, like Chris Amon in a previous era, has traditionally made poor decisions when changing teams - even if, at the time, there seemed good reasons for them.

The cracks in the McLaren-Honda partnership have been evident for months, with former champions McLaren chafing at engine problems that have left them ninth in the 10 team championship.

"I've been with Red Bull for quite a few years now and the difference is when I joined Red Bull racing they were the champions, so in my mind I was getting into the best auto in the grid".

The Spaniard is expected to extend his three-year stay at the team, but he was giving little away on Thursday.

"Whether it's with McLaren or whatever Fernando happens to be next year, I hope he has the chance to be fighting with us".

Alonso skipped this year's Monaco GP to compete at Indianapolis, where he was in victory contention until retiring late into the race, but has all-but ruled out missing F1's showpiece again next May if he is in competitive machinery.

"I really think we can be a threat".

"I know there are a few things going on at the moment", quoted the Frenchman, who is racing Super Formula in Japan, as saying. "The priority is Formula One. and the Triple Crown is in the background". There are many, many possibilities to do a fantastic 2018.

Ricciardo has previously been linked with a move to Ferrari and his current contract expires at the end of the next season, when Kimi Raikkonen could also leave the Italian team to make space for the Australian. "The plan is ongoing, and very good news will come".

Some suggested Sainz could be in yellow overalls as soon as Malaysia, the race after this week's Singapore Grand Prix, if Renault dispense with the services of Britain's Jolyon Palmer, who has yet to score a point in 13 races.