Despite speculation to the contrary, Fernando Alonso will not be looking to leave McLaren at the end of the season, despite the apparent breakdown in relations with Ron Dennis and the team's management.

Revelations overnight that Dennis chose to disclose that the Spaniard had e-mails relating to the 'spygate' affair on his laptop, rather than be blackmailed into giving Alonso number one status within the line-up, are thought to have followed a blazing row at the Hungarian Grand Prix, itself the scene of the qualifying controversy that saw Alonso dropped back on the grid for delaying Lewis Hamilton.

The simmering mood within the camp was thought to have made Alonso's position untenable, but his manager, Luis Garcia, insists that he will still be part of the line-up in 2008.

"We have an agreement," he told BBC Sport, "We are not negotiating with anybody and our plan is to continue here."

Alonso is coming to the end of the first year of a three-year deal with Mclaren, but the paddock has been rife with rumour that he is planning to quit Woking, either for Renault or Ferrari, or to take a year out of the sport to see what options arise in the future.

 

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