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LAST GP IN 2017? McLaren’s Fernando Alonso said he saw no possibility of him driving for the team after his contract ends in 2017. Image: AP / Vincent Thian

Woking, England – Fernando Alonso has played down the likelihood that he will drive a single race beyond the end of his current McLaren contract.

Amid McLaren-Honda’s abysmal 2015, there have been rumours the Spaniard might take a sabbatical in 2016, even though he is all signed up for 2016 and 2017.

Passed 250th GP mark

Alonso rejected that speculation at theRussian GP, where he notched up his 250th GP start.

Only a handful of drivers have ever surpassed that milestone in F1, and Alonso will be tantalisingly close to the nearly-unprecedented tally of 300 races by the time the 2017 season concludes.

Indeed, just ahead of Sunday’s (October 11) race, F1 Management published an on-screen message marking Alonso’s 250th race and reminding him that he has “only 50 to go”.

But Alonso told Spanish television TV3: “I don’t think I will get to 300 GP’s.”

However, he acknowledged that in F1, one should never say never.

The 34-year-old said:”When I made my debut in Australia in 2001, I didn’t think I would make it this far.”



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