Alonso plays down Mercedes, Ferrari talk


Fernando Alonso has declared McLaren as "the place to be" despite his manager Flavio Briatore saying he would like to see the Spaniard at Mercedes or Ferrari next season.

Not the first time, Briatore has expressed his desire to see Alonso move to one of the top teams again before his Formula 1 season is over.

But Alonso has dismissed his comments and said his only focus is on McLaren, who have an option to renew on both their drivers for the 2019 campaign.

"Flavio wants the best for me in terms of results," Alonso told AS newspaper. "In the last two or three years there were three teams ahead of the others so I understand his comments.

"But I'm happy where I am now.

"I think there are many things that we will change and we will become more competitive. So I think that in the next couple of months, the place to be is McLaren.

"That is the message for our fans and the people who support us."