Alonso not quitting McLaren – manager

Thu, 9 August 2007, 01:42

Fernando Alonso’s manager has played down press speculation that the disgruntled reigning world champion could immediately quit McLaren.

With the 26-year-old Spaniard’s relationship with the Mercedes-powered outfit at an all time low after the Hungarian grand prix, his manager Luis Garcia Abad told the newspaper ‘El Pais’ that Alonso is not planning to leave McLaren any time soon.

Spanish newspapers had also reported that Abad recently met with Renault’s Flavio Briatore about a possible return for Alonso to the French team, but he insists: “We are in McLaren to win races and the third title.

“That’s our goal. And in these moments there aren’t that many options: just McLaren and Ferrari.”

Abad said he spoke to Dennis earlier this week to clarify reports that the Woking team’s principal told Alonso in Hungary that he is now free to walk away from his three-year contract at the end of the season.

“He told me what has been published is not true. His intention is that the contract is fulfilled,” said Abad.

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