Fernando Alonso says he won't quit McLaren midseason

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Fernando Alonso has denied suggestions he will leave McLaren this year, saying he is still motivated to outperform his car at every round of the championship regardless of where it stacks up against the competition.

Honda's performance deficit to its rival engine manufacturers has left McLaren off the pace for the third season in a row this year, with Alonso saying that the MCL32 was the slowest car on the grid at the opening race in Australia.

After the race speculation resurfaced that he will lose patience with McLaren and quit before the end of the year -- including comments from former F1 driver Mark Webber -- but Alonso insists that will not the case.

"No, definitely not true," he said. "It's normal from the outside that drivers speak and I have read comments from many people. In Spain also, if one ex-driver or motorbike rider speaks to the media they have one question that is also about Alonso. 'How do they see the situation?' And everyone seems to be quite close to me and I have a depression! But it's not like that."

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