Fernando Alonso has dismissed the suggestion that he could quit Formula 1 mid-way through the 2017 season despite McLaren-Honda's ongoing difficulties.

Two-time world champion Alonso was left frustrated through pre-season testing as issues with Honda's power unit regularly left him on the sidelines, with the Spaniard citing a lack of both pace and reliability.

Alonso managed to battle for P10 throughout the Australian Grand Prix last month, but felt McLaren was the slowest team on the grid and would get a better idea of its troubles in China this weekend.

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Following the race in Australia, ex-F1 driver Mark Webber said that he would not be surprised to see Alonso quit McLaren and the sport altogether mid-season if the issues were not rectified.

When asked about the story in China, Alonso was quick to deny it, saying he had no plans to leave mid-way through the season.

"No, definitely not true," Alonso said. "It's normal from the outside that drivers speak and I have read comments from many people, and in Spain also if one ex-driver or motorbike rider 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. In Formula 1 I am delivering at my best, I'm more prepared than ever and I perform at my best. The team is not very competitive now, okay that's true and there is not much we can do from one day to another, it's hard work.

"At the same time, I think that the team is expecting an extra job from me now, an extra result, as we did in Australia where the predictions and simulations said we were last and we were 10th. In China, if the prediction says we are last, hopefully Alonso is in the points."

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Alonso is currently in the third and final year of his McLaren contract, and has been linked with a possible move to Mercedes for 2018 to partner old rival Lewis Hamilton.

When asked if he'd drive for Mercedes, Alonso said: "I have nothing to say right now. It's a question for the future", but did say that "nothing is ruled out in life".

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