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Alonso finds constant speculation stressful

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Fernando Alonso has no intention of leaving Ferrari next year and says the constant speculation over his future has been stressful at times.

Alonso has been at Ferrari since 2010 and is contracted to the team until the end of 2016, but has been linked to other teams after struggling for wins in recent years. The latest rumours are that McLaren is interested in Alonso, but the Ferrari driver insists he is not looking elsewhere.

"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," he told Sky Sports News. "There was a lot of speculation, which is not disturbing but it created a little bit of tension and stress.

"But you also feel happy and proud that the best teams have an interest in you and they say so publically. 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. We will see what the future brings."

Ferrari is going through a period of change at the moment after Stefano Domenicali made way for new team principal Marco Mattiacci in April. Mattiacci comes to the team from the road car side of the Ferrari business, and Alonso said that has positives and negatives.

"He is trying to change many things. The good and bad thing about him is that he does not know much about Formula One. That is negative when you need to change very precise areas of the car and some things that are weak compared to our competitors. But it's a good thing because he starts from fresh with fresh ideas."

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