Fernando Alonso says he is able to choose who he will race for next year and that is having an effect on the driver market.
Earlier today Red Bull confirmed Sebastian Vettel will leave them and be replaced by Daniil Kvyat. Rumours suggest Vettel is lining up a move to Ferrari to take over from Alonso, who could be heading to McLaren.
However speaking to reporters at Suzuka Alonso said he’s “still not decided completely” on what he will do.
“I have a plan in my head,” he said, “I have my mind set for the last two, three months.”
“I have a privileged position because more or less I can choose wherever I want to go in the moment I want to go. I gained that respect in so many years, especially the last five at Ferrari.”
Alonso also indicated the news about Vettel was linked to his plans for the future. “Being the decision maker probably some of the movements that we are seeing now is an implication of what I’m deciding. So let’s wait a little bit and when I clear completely my last doubts I will tell you where I go.”
However Alonso did not rule out the possibility he could take a sabbatical next season.
“There are many possibilities,” he said. “I want to do one thing for many months.”
“I want to win, I want to be world champion. I want to work professionally as I did all my career. I need to be happy. I need many things that if you put together it goes to one direction. And that direction probably moved the market as it is doing now.”
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