YAS MARINA, Abu Dhabi -- Fernando Alonso has reiterated his 100 percent commitment to Formula One following comments he made about Porsche, saying he wants to win a third world championship before thinking of a career elsewhere.
Ahead of Webber's last World Endurance Championship race before retirement a video tribute was played in the Sakhir paddock, which included a message from friend Alonso. The McLaren driver joked that Webber "didn't wait" for him to make it to WEC but made it clear he expects to "join your adventure" in the near future, leading to speculation of a Porsche deal.
Alonso had agreed to drive for Porsche at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours before Honda blocked the deal, allowing Nico Hulkenberg to take his place and win the prestigious event at the first attempt. Though the Spaniard admits the comments have become "famous" in the days since he made them, he says WEC remains something in the back of his mind but only once he is done with Formula One for good.
When it was put to him that it sounded like his message was a case of when, not if, he joined Porsche, he replied: "That's something I don't know either. It's nothing new what I said in that message, which has become quite famous right now. I'm committed to F1 100 percent next year here with the team, and then in the future it's no doubt that it's a very attractive challenge, and very attractive thing to do, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, for me.
"I like the category, I like the cars, and as I said, it's a good challenge. But that future, I don't know if it means in two years' time, in five years' time, or in 11 years' time. I don't know yet. It's nothing new. The first thing that I want to do, and I will do, is to win a third world championship in F1, and then I see."
Earlier this year Alonso, widely regarded as the most complete driver on the current grid, passed the 10-year anniversary of his second title win in 2006.