World champion Fernando Alonso could make an early test debut for McLaren later this month, team boss Ron Dennis told Spanish journalists this week at Woking.
The 59-year-old Briton confirmed that his Mercedes-powered team will ‘respect’ Alonso’s existing contract with Renault, which runs through to the end of December.
Despite the contract, it is understood that the Spaniard has now completed his official duties for the Renault outfit.
The newspaper ‘As Diario’ quoted Dennis as also saying: “We have a car available for Fernando to test. When he returns from his break we will discuss it with Renault.
“If their answer is positive, he will make his debut in December. If not, it will be January.”
2006 McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen’s contract to December 31 is also preventing the Finn from joining his new Ferrari team in the pre-Christmas Spanish tests.