Alonso commits to Ferrari
Fernando Alonso has committed his future to Ferrari in the wake of McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh confirming he wanted to re-sign the Spaniard.
McLaren have refused to confirm their 2014 driver line-up to the team to partner Jenson Button next season.
However, those hopes appear to have been dashed by Alonso's emphatic assurance he will stay on at Ferrari despite the appointment of Kimi Raikkonen as his next team-mate.
"Not really," the Spaniard told Sky Sports News when asked if a return to McLaren, where he spent a tumultuous year in 2007, attracted him.
"I keep repeating every weekend - and I don't know why I have to keep repeating - I love Ferrari and I will stay in Ferrari until the end.
"It is nice to have the comments from the other team principals every year saying they respect my job and my professionalism - especially McLaren as there were so many rumours that we had a lot of problems that year, but I always say that I had no problems with anyone. It was just the philosophy of the team or rather one man in the team that is no longer there."
Alonso's Ferrari contract runs for another three seasons and the Spaniard, echoing comments he first made at Monza two weeks ago, has reiterated that he would even consider extending it.
"It is good to have these comments, but I have no intention (of leaving). I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more to come if we can extend the contract and that will be my hope," Alonso added.
There had been speculation that the double-World Champion was upset at the recruitment of Raikkonen, but Alonso says the Finn was his first choice as a new team-mate upon being told Felipe Massa would not be retained.
"Of course - I was pushing for that decision and finally they took Kimi and it is good," Alonso said.
"But again, that is for next year. We have been together with Felipe [Massa] for four fantastic years, but when the team decided to change Felipe, in the driver market Kimi in my opinion, and in the team's opinion, was the best option. But what we need to do now is fight for this 2013 Championship."