F1 » Alonso/Red Bull rumours add intrigue to summer break


The lack of a concrete denial from Christian Horner adds fuel to speculation that Fernando Alonso may be chasing Red Bull seat for 2014.

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kiwibob

July 29, 2013 2:35 PM

My take is it will be kimi and this story will be horner getting a chip to play when it comes down to wages as he has said he wants the 2 fastest driver who can get along and so far thats kimi and seb as ricardo needs more time is my opinion

jules.cee.3

July 29, 2013 4:28 PM

I do think Alonso is right to consider joining RB. He is there to win the WDC and if Ferrari can't deliver a winning car, there is no point being loyal to them. Alonso is a World Champion and he is right to be selfish to give himself the best chance of winning the Championship.

Furthermore, RB is used to having 2 drivers that don't get along, so having Alonso as the 2nd driver is no big deal for them. RB is used to dealing with drivers that don't get along, and they still won. Given a choice, I will pick Alonso over Kimi. Kimi could not beat Schumacher during Ferrari's heydays but Alonso did..twice in fact. Kimi is also alot more temperamental and might not suit RB's culture and marketing machine..

107SS2009

July 29, 2013 4:45 PM

Yes, it was Alonso's manager having talks with Horner, the rest (speculations) are the product of the famous British journalism (media).
It is incredible and totally amazing that some from on here that follows F1 are so gullible to the (mostly British) media speculation/s and F1 team manager/s opportunism.
Ian Mcinnes, in my personal opinion YOU know F all about F1.
And finally I would like to remind most on here that Red Bull went knocking on Alonso's door offering him a seat which he refused as he preferred the FERRARI seat when Vettel was still in his apprenticeship.

ZEDX

July 29, 2013 9:09 PM

Silly Season indeed. I can't see Alonso alongside Vettel. One or the other at RB. Yes, Alonso may be wondering about a change of team, but it could be with the changes coming in next year, Vettel may be considering a swap? Most drivers fancy a go with Ferrari don't they? Also, that would still allow Ricciardo in (albeit as #2) thus proving that Toro Rosso is indeed a stepping-stone up to RB and help to wipe out the JA/SB sackings stigma.

benignlyindifferent

July 29, 2013 9:32 PM

Alonso is a terrific driver. That said, he is a prima donna and his behavior at McLaren proved that to be fact. He needs to be the focal point of the team and he expects to be given a race winning car. He sees a Red Bull continuing to perform well, a Lotus that is beating him on a regular basis with the third the budget, and now a rejuvenated Mercedes that looks like it could contend for the title and he is unhappy. And now we learn that his agent "may" be shopping him and that Ferrari has chastised him for comments after the Hungary race. Yes, he has a contract for next year but this was also the case at McLaren and he left. Will he leave Ferrari? Nope. Seb won't have him and Fernando has no where to go to improve his situation except for Lotus. Ironic....

Texas Roadhouse

July 29, 2013 9:57 PM

Alonso and Vettel in the same team would have the same dynamics as Prost and Senna at McLaren - explosive. Horner is no Ron Dennis - he would be completely unable to control them. RBR would descend into anarchy both on and off the track. And remember how skilled Alonso is with the team politics. No - that's a recipe for disaster.

However, Horner's being pretty clever with his tactics - by not denying the rumours, he strengthens RB's position in negotiating with Raikkonen. We will see what the break brings.

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