Alonso extends contract with McLaren for 1 year until 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Formula One driver Fernando Alonso has put an end to the uncertainty by extending his contract with McLaren to the 2018 season.

The two-time F1 champion's current three-year contract ends this year and the 36-year-old Alonso was considering his options with other teams, and even whether to continue in F1.

Alonso, who won the title in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, said "it's fantastic to be able to continue my relationship with everybody at McLaren" and that "my heart was telling me to stay."

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