Hamilton hopes Alonso will fight for title in 2018

Hamilton hopes Alonso will fight for title in 2018

Hamilton hopes Alonso will fight for title in 2018

Renault are contracted to supply Red Bull with engines until the end of the 2020 season, but are understood to be pulling the plug two years early.

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton on Thursday said he hoped McLaren driver Fernando Alonso would fight for the Formula One title in 2018.

Asked at today's FIA press conference if he had other options if F1 doesn't work out for him, the Spaniard replied: "There are options everywhere. and they are all very good".

During the 2017 season Ricciardo has shown he is more than deserving of being the team's No.1 man and while Verstappen has endured some tough luck, Ricciardo looks the more complete driver.

McLaren has fashioned itself a scenario in which a return to the front of the field is possible, but the odds are stacked against it, making this week of announcements and the 2018 season potentially pivotal in the history of one of Formula One's most famous teams.

Alonso, like Chris Amon in a previous era, has traditionally made poor decisions when changing teams - even if, at the time, there seemed good reasons for them. After the last three years, the struggles we went through together, to have time for them to make decisions, to see the future, next year's vehicle.

"Do I want to win with them?"

"I want an opportunity to be able to win week in and week out, while I believe I am still at the top".

"So I hope that whether it's with McLaren or wherever Fernando happens to be next year he has a chance to be fighting with us". No longer will he be forking out cash for engines for one of his two F1 teams.and quite possibly the second from 2019.

"We just have to wait and see".

Alonso skipped this year's Monaco GP to compete at Indianapolis, where he was in victory contention until retiring late into the race, but has all-but ruled out missing F1's showpiece again next May if he is in competitive machinery.

"The Triple Crown is clear target for me in the future, and there are three races there".

And the 28-year-old has not been shy about his lofty aspirations, having managed just five career race wins in his 122 starts.

"But when he (Verstappen) joined we'd already fallen away a bit so in his mind the expectation had already dropped so if anything for me it should be stronger - the want and the need for this (a title-winning car)".

"There is nothing yet confirmed". For my fans and for motorsport lovers, they will have a fantastic 2018 season.

The news shouldn't come as a major shock as only last month Ricciardo, tongue planted firmly in cheek, joked to Red Bull co-owner Dietrich Mateschitz: "Unless you pay me $10 million, I'm leaving".

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