• McLaren Honda driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, left, and Lara Alvarez arrive at the paddocks ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.  (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

    Alonso plays down talk of taking a year off

    ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Fernando Alonso has played down suggestions he could take a sabbatical from Formula One in 2016 due to McLaren’s poor performance this season.