The Ferrari driver, Fernando Alonso, is not in the sights of Formula 1 giants, Red Bull, as a replacement for Mark Webber who is retiring from Formula 1 at the end of the season, leaving Sebastian Vettel without a partner. Red Bull originally had Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo on their radar for who would replace Webber, and although they are still in contention, news has emerged that Red Bull are now interested in Fernando Alonso. Reportedly, around the time when the Hungarian Grand Prix was taking place, Red Bull’s team principal Christian Horner, spoke to Alonso’s agent.
Mark Webber announced in June 2013 that he was retiring from Formula 1 and moving to join Porsche in their new sports car programme. After being with Red Bull for 6 years at the end of the season, the Australian might miss Formula 1, but has admitted he will not miss his partner, Sebastian Vettel. Despite being team mates, Webber and Vettel never saw eye to eye especially when Vettel disobeyed an order and overtook Webber to win a Grand Prix. Yet, now that Webber is leaving, is it realistic that Fernando Alonso will replace him?
It is actually extremely realistic as Fernando Alonso and the current Ferrari president, Luca Di Montezemolo, did not approve and had a word with the Spaniard about his comments which were pointed at the Ferrari car he drives. When asked what Alonso would like for his birthday, the Spaniard replied, “Someone else’s car,” after the Hungarian Grand Prix suggesting he was not happy with what he was driving. This adds to the possibility that the Spaniard is going to move to Red Bull if they can provide a car suited to the two time Drivers Champion.
Di Montezemolo admitted that he agreed with Alonso in the fact that Ferrari have lacked good results of late and need to pick up their form and start winning Grand Prix’s again. However, to the comfort of Di Montezemolo, Alonso’s former boss at Renault, Flavio Briatore, commented that he thinks the Spaniard will stay loyal to his Ferrari contract, which ends in 2016. Kimi Raikkonen is still a large possibility and Red Bull have not struck him from mind, but they must be close to a decision as they have planned to reveal a new driver in just under a months’ time.
If Red Bull do choose Fernando Alonso, it could be a total disaster for Ferrari as their other driver, Felipe Massa, may leave soon. The Brazilian commented, “The results will decide whether I stay here or move teams. Until you sign the contract, you don’t know. The possibility to stay is there, but the most important thing is the results. I’m happy with the way I’m driving in terms of pace – in qualifying and race pace. We just need to finish the races in the normal way and get consistency. In doing that, the results will be there.”
Author Daniel Foster
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