Renault have told Red Bull that they want to terminate their contract with them from the end of next season, throwing the driver market into flux. Alonso's auto has failed to complete six races this season, and his best finish so far is sixth.
"You have no chance of winning the world championship if you are not receiving the best engines from whoever is manufacturing your engines", Ron Dennis said in 2014 on the eve of his team's partnership with Honda.
"I hope that he's got a auto to fight with us next year", said Hamilton at a press conference ahead of the Singapore GP.
During the 2017 season Ricciardo has shown he is more than deserving of being the team's No.1 man and while Verstappen has endured some tough luck, Ricciardo looks the more complete driver. "I want to stay loyal to them and not make any decisions without them first making their decisions". This year, they are on course to finish a lowly ninth in the Constructors' Championship for the second time in the three years of their Honda partnership.
"Do I want to win with them?"
Instead, Renault are replacing the Japanese company as McLaren's supplier, bringing to an end a disastrous three years in which the Woking-based outfit have not finished better than fifth at a single Grand Prix.
Alonso has encountered numerous reliability problems with McLaren this season, leading to speculation he will leave the team in search of a competitive auto. "Game of chess" Alonso previous year skipped Monaco to race the Indy 500 but he seemed hopeful that he would contest the famous street grand prix next season.
"I have a contract and seven more races to do this year".
Asked at today's FIA press conference if he had other options if F1 doesn't work out for him, the Spaniard replied: "There are options everywhere. and they are all very good". "The priority is Formula One. and the Triple Crown is in the background".
"I've been with Red Bull for quite a few years now and the difference is when I joined Red Bull racing they were the champions, so in my mind I was getting into the best vehicle in the grid". There are many, many possibilities to do a fantastic 2018.