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Formula One: Alonso keeps McLaren waiting over new deal

AFP , Saturday 16 Sep 2017
McLaren's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (AFP)

Fernando Alonso said he needed time to look into McLaren's new partnership with Renault before pledging his future, as he kept his options open despite their split with Honda.

Alonso repeatedly threatened to quit as McLaren struggled with their Honda engines, and their switch to Renault power next year is expected to convince him to stay.

But the two-time world champion, who has also dabbled in IndyCar, said he first wanted to study the new partnership, which was announced at the Singapore Grand Prix.

"I just received the news and now after Singapore, which is the first priority for me, I will try to know a little bit more about the project and about the Renault engine, about the expectations for next year," Alonso said.

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