Fernando Alonso could not commit his future to Ferrari when asked if he may move to McLaren or Red Bull.

The double world champion has been linked with a return to McLaren as well as a swap move with Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull in recent weeks, despite having a contract for next season at Ferrari. Fielding questions about his future, Alonso said it wasn't his main priority but didn't dismiss the rumours which he says are damaging Ferrari.

"I live for my job and I prepare myself from January 1 to December 31 with every team I drove for," Alonso said. "It's no different here but it is more special because this a different team and the best team in the world. I've been in this five years, giving everything in the track and the numbers speak for themselves. Outside the track, sometimes it was public sometimes it was not, my priority is always in the best interest of Ferrari.

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"I'm not living out of the world, so I'm aware of all the rumours every day that come out. It's not helping, as I said in Singapore, we are in the middle of a fight with Williams in the constructors' championship and I would like to help Ferrari to the maximum. This is the first priority for me - on the track side to help the team - and my second priority will be my future if there is anything to talk about.

"There is no news from last year to this year, to July, August, September and now we are arriving in October and there is still no news. Between races there are many rumours, so we will see."

However, when asked if he could say he would not be a McLaren or Red Bull driver in 2015 or 2016, Alonso replied: "This is a very difficult question to answer. I will repeat the answer: I will do the best for Ferrari."


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Fair enough - he is being non-committal and keeping his options open.
Journalists always ask these stupid questions to provoke a response and the inevitable answer will be nothing other than neutral.

Ferrari are in a mess, they can not design a decent car, are slowly but surely going backwards and are now just fighting for 4th place in the Constructors championship.

Apart from the lure of driving for Ferrari and being paid a decent salary to do so, what top driver in their right mind would either want to stay or go there?

The designers need to get their act together and get a decent car designed with a strong engine, then they will attract top drivers, but I would not blame Alonso one bit if he decided to leave Ferrari.