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2016-06-09 09:19

NEW CONTRACT?: Fernando Alonso will reconsider his future in Formula 1 if the 2017 regulations aren't to his liking. Image: AP / Petr David Josek

Canada - Fernando Alonso has admitted he is waiting to drive Formula 1's next-generation cars in 2017 before deciding if he wants to stay in the category.

He has made no secret that, after winning his titles in 2005 and 2006 with V10 and V8 power respectively, he enjoys the current 'power unit' and Pirelli-shod era less.

Contract expires

Alonso is therefore looking forward to 2017, when wider and bigger tyres and significantly more downforce are slated to slash between 5 and 6 seconds off lap times.

2017 is also the last year of Alonso's current McLaren-Honda contract.

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Alonso told Germany's Sport Bild: "At the moment I still enjoy driving. It's my life and the only thing I can do really well.

He announced: "If the cars are not fun in 2017 then I will change category. It is a goal for me to one day win the 24 hours of Le Mans."

Alonso also said he does not regret leaving Ferrari at the end of 2014, insisting: "It would have been too painful to finish behind Red Bull or Mercedes for a sixth and seven years.

"And I wanted to keep good memories of Ferrari, not painful ones."

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