Fernando Alonso has insisted that he has no intentions of leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season.
The Spaniard’s future at the Maranello-based outfit has been speculated for some time, following what has so far been another challenging campaign.
Ferrari is currently third in the constructors’ standings, 251 points behind front-runners Mercedes, while Alonso is 99 points behind drivers’ championship leader Nico Rosberg.
He joined Ferrari for the 2010 season but has failed to add to his 2005 and 2006 titles, finishing second for the team on three occasions.
“Our season has been frustrating because we had high hopes with this year’s new regulations and starting from zero with all the other teams we thought we could have an advantage with all our facilities and input from everybody,” he told Sky Sports News ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.
“But we have found ourselves not in the right position and not competitive. We are further away from the leaders than during any other season this year, we are sometimes one-and-a-half seconds away from Mercedes.”
However, he has talked down rumours that he is set to leave Ferrari. “It’s not my intention at the moment to move, I want to win here and finish the job that we start some years ago,” he said.
“There has been a lot of talk since last summer but from my mouth there never came any interest to leave Ferrari or any words saying l would join another team.
“There was a lot of speculation, which is not disturbing but it created a little bit of tension and stress. Yet you also feel happy and proud that the best teams have an interest in you.”
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