Alonso reveals F1 title priority

08 January 2018 22:03:44 GMTPlus10

Fernando Alonso is adamant that his main priority in 2018 is to target a third drivers' title despite being linked with races outside of Formula 1.

The McLaren driver was given special dispensation by his team to miss last year's Monaco Grand Prix in order to participate in the Indianapolis 500 and was again linked with another shot at the race.

Alonso is also set to make his Daytona 24 Hours debut later this month, while he has been linked with a future outing in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

I think this year with McLaren we have a good opportunity to show how good is the team with the Renault power unit, we should be back to the top places. That is the main focus.

Fernando Alonso

However, the 36-year-old Spaniard insists that he is not distracted by outside races as he bids to add to his two world championships with McLaren as they prepare for a new era having agreed a new engine partnership with Renault from 2018.

"The main focus and priority is Formula 1 and winning a third World Championship," Alonso told Motorsport Week.

"I think this year with McLaren we have a good opportunity to show how good is the team with the Renault power unit, we should be back to the top places. That is the main focus.

"To race in some iconic events during the season and not disturb Formula 1 is also the plan. Doing this race [Daytona] is also some kind of first step in endurance and how these races are and how much I enjoy these races.

"After the 24 hours at Daytona, I will have a better understanding of these championships. Le Mans 24 hour and the triple crown is another target, so if I can fit the Le Mans 24 hour this year as I’m not doing the Indy 500, that would be great. Hopefully the following year, the Indy 500 can be in the plan again."

Alonso is 4001.00 to win the 2018 drivers championship, while reigning champion Lewis Hamilton is 1.40 to retain his crown for Mercedes.

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