Fernando Alonso: "My Win Will NOT Influence My Decision"

Adam PooleAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2008

Fernando Alonso has told British ITV that his win in this year's Singapore Grand Prix will not influence who he will drive for next year.

Up until a couple of months ago, when Kimi Raikkonen re-signed with Ferrari, there were strong rumors Alonso would be driving a red car out of Maranello next year. However, Alonso isn't short on offers, with BMW and Honda hot on his tail.

"This victory is also thanks to the massive effort the team are making with this year's car and next year's car but it's not changing the decision for next year," he told ITV.

Singapore was Fernando's first race win in exactly a year, and he did it in style after a dismal qualifying session where his Renault's high-pressure fuel pump cut-out placing him fifteenth on the grid for Sunday's race. A clever strategy and assistance from one of the two Safety Car outings saw him take home the winner's trophy.

The double world champion, Alonso, is happy with this improvements made at Renault, but said they had to come.

"We started the season quite far away from pole position and from the top teams and now we are much closer, so we are definitely one of the teams who have most improved their car but maybe it was not difficult because at the beginning of the season we were not at the right level."

The next stage of this year's Formula One sees the teams jet off to Japan for the Fuji Speedway.

According to Alonso, it will be the week after Fuji that the team will find out exactly what the improved Renault engine has to offer.

"I think on a normal circuit we will realize the potential of the car a little bit better than on a street circuit, where it's more about the set-up than how lucky and risky the laps are."

Best of luck to Fernando in the closing stages of this years season, and I'm sure we are all eager to see what Japan has to offer in two-weeks time.