Alonso rules out 2008 sabbatical

Mon, 27 August 2007, 01:19

Fernando Alonso in Turkey denied that he is contemplating retirement or a ‘sabbatical’ at the end of the 2007 season.

Amid the reigning world champion’s obvious discontent at McLaren this year, it has been suggested that he would be happier to actually sit out 2008 rather than spend another season alongside boss Ron Dennis and British teammate Lewis Hamilton.

But the Spaniard told the newspaper ‘Diario As’ in Istanbul: “I am certain that I am going to be competing in formula one also next year.

“Right now I am not even contemplating sitting out a season.”

26-year-old Alonso would tellingly not, however, confirm that he will still be a McLaren driver next year.

“At the moment all I am thinking about is winning this world championship,” he said.

“I do not know where I will race in 2008; all I know is that I can race here at McLaren.”

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