Fernando Alonso has said that quitting Formula 1 was a definite option for him last season but did not want to leave the sport on a low note.

The future of the two-time World Champion was a story that rumbled on throughout a miserable 2017 campaign, with Alonso even trying out new races away from the sport like the Indianapolis 500.

Alonso was out of contract in 2017 and McLaren chiefs feared at the start of the season that they would be unable to convince him to stay.

But after McLaren ditched Honda for his old team Renault as their new engine partner, Alonso considered his options and signed a new deal, preferring to try and leave the sport on a high futher down the line.

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