Decision time looms for Alonso’s next move

Date published: August 25 2017 - Editor

Fernando Alonso has said he has "one more week of freedom" before he turns his attention to clarifying his future beyond the end of this season.

The Spaniard's options for 2018 are looking increasingly limited, but Alonso is not felt any pressure to change his timetable given that announcements from other teams are starting to be made.

“I was training the first part of the holiday at home as we didn’t have that possibility during the whole of July when there are four races," Alonso said.

"I trained a little bit and then I went to Greece to have some holidays there and I didn’t think too much about the future.

"I always said in September I will think about and it’s 24 August so still one more week of freedom."

Until then, Alonso insisted his only focus was on Sunday's race at Spa.

"When I arrive in September, I will have to think about those options," he added.

"At the moment I want to score points here. Even if on paper it seems very difficult, I will try to do it.

"I I don’t know which teams have confirmed and which have not. I read Kimi was confirmed, Stoffel was confirmed. I guess Red Bull team is confirmed.

"I don’t know exactly until I look at the options."

Honda are changing the way they develop their engines and are looking to stay in partnership with McLaren heading into the 2018 season.

But while there is a new air of optimism at Honda, who are supplying Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne with upgraded engines this weekend, the Spaniard is not getting carried away with the Japanese manufacturer's predictions.

"I’m not the expert to know that, I don’t have their ideas," Alonso said.

"I don’t have their knowledge of developing the engine so I know that they are working day and night to improve the engine, but it’s difficult to predict what is going to happen in six or seven months’ time, how much you can improve.

"I’m sure they will do the best job possible and they will improve as much as they can."