WAIT AND SEE: Fernando Alonso is not making wild predictions as to whether or not McLaren-Honda will win races in 2017. Image: AFP / Toshifumi Kitamura
London - Fernando Alonso is not willing to join new McLaren boss Zak Brown in playing down the chance of race wins in 2017.
As McLaren races into the post-Ron Dennis era, new team executive Brown admitted: "We are not going to be winning any races" this year.
Speed Week quoted Spaniard Alonso as responding: “I read what Zak Brown said, but who knows?”
Alonso remains positive
He added: "I am keeping a positive attitude, preparing for the championship as intensely as ever, and I will do everything in my power.”
Alonso also responded to speculation that McLaren might be about to switch to an orange livery in 2017.
He noted: “I have read that it could be something orange, black or white. I asked Eric (Boullier) but he said I would see at the launch. What I hope is that it is fast.”
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Alonso said he has been training hard for this year's faster cars, including 50km of cycling per day and over 5km of daily running.
He added: "90% of the drivers on the grid have only driven an Formula 1 car that is slightly faster than a GP2 car, but I have driven cars that we will never see again. If we are going to improve a few seconds this year maybe it will be similar, but I don't think it will radically change the physical requirement.”
As for whether 2017 will be his final year in F1, the 35-year-old Alonso answered: "We'll see. We'll go step by step."