"Just said I was hoping to drive for STR soon mate, never mentioned Malaysia", he replied in response to a comment by NBC Sports' F1 reporter Will Buxton. "It (Formula One) has been my dream and I've been working really hard to get there".
He has said he was considering offers from other series, but that his priority remained Formula One.
The BBC report that multiple sources have confirmed the news in the same week it emerged Renault are set to replace Honda as McLaren's engine partner. We want to see the best drivers and the best teams up there and it's been a shame not to have McLaren where they historically have been.
The two-time world champion's pedigree has been buried in a sub-par McLaren auto this year; his MCL32 has forced him to retire in eight races this season.
He scored his last win at his home Spanish Grand Prix in 2013, with Ferrari, and has scored a meagre 75 points since he rejoined McLaren at the start of their partnership with Honda in 2015.
"So I hope that whether it's with McLaren or wherever Fernando happens to be next year he has a chance to be fighting with us". With only 21 points separating them and fifth placed Williams, having a driver of Sainz's capabilities alongside Nico Hülkenberg makes the deal a no-brainier for the Enstone team.
The Spaniard is expected to extend his three-year stay at the team, but he was giving little away on Thursday. "You just need to be patient and wait a couple of weeks".
"[I have been] trying to figure out ways I can get better, try to keep ahead of the curve - I think like Rossi has done in the last few years".
Alonso said that Indianapolis 500 was an option for him since he already took part in this year's edition of the race, missing the Monaco GP. He added: "For my fans and for motorsport lovers, they will have a fantastic 2018 season".
At first McLaren wanted simply to abandon Honda in favour of any alternative, but all three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Renault declined to supply more than their two current customer teams. "The plan is ongoing, and very good news will come".
DANIEL Ricciardo has long proved he is one of the standout drivers in the Formula 1 paddock, as was highlighted by his showing during the Italian Grand Prix two weekends ago when he went from 16th on the grid to a fourth-place finish.
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