OCTOBER 9, 2016
McLaren opens 2018 contract talks with Alonso
McLaren has commenced talks with Fernando Alonso about extending the Spaniard's contract beyond 2017.
The double world champion, 35, has said many times recently that he might quit formula one if the cars next year are significantly more exciting to drive.
"I'm sure he might (retire)," Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg told AS newspaper.
"He is a driver used to winning so I'm sure it's not fun fighting for tenth."
Captioning its story with an exclusive photo of Alonso in talks with Ron Dennis and new team CEO Jost Capito at Suzuka, the sports newspaper Marca said contract talks for 2018 have begun.
"It took place in the McLaren hospitality area after dark," the report claims.
"They (McLaren) want to keep Fernando at least until 2020, to consolidate the project and be in the fight for the title again."