The latest twist in the saga surrounding the future of Fernando Alonso has linked the double Formula 1 World Champion with a move to Red Bull Racing - in tandem with former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn.

While Renault has long been mooted as the most likely home for the 26-year-old next season, in the wake of his divorce with McLaren last Friday rumours have continued to circulate that he could end up at RBR, with the team's owner Dietrich Mateschitz doing little to quell the rising speculation.

"We'll see how things go," the Austrian multi-millionaire commented cryptically. "(David) Coulthard and (Mark) Webber are 100 per cent our drivers for 2008, but in F1 nothing is certain. Things are only ever highly probable."

If Alonso does end up at the Milton Keynes-based outfit, the rumour mill suggests he will do so in company with Brawn, who until recently has always maintained should he return to the top flight following his 2007 sabbatical, it would only be with Ferrari. Circumstances have since changed somewhat, however, and the spying scandal that rocked the sport this year is said to have left the Englishman rather disenchanted with the Scuderia, particularly as it heavily involved his former prot?g? Nigel Stepney.

A partnership of Alonso, Brawn and star designer Adrian Newey at Red Bull would certainly be a highly potent one, but it would also beg the question of who would make way for the Spaniard.

Though it was initially suggested Coulthard could return to McLaren - with whom he spent nine years from 1996 until 2004 - the Scot was not named on Lewis Hamilton's wish list as a preferred team-mate for next year, and his recently-released autobiography, It Is What It Is, accused team chief Ron Dennis of favouritism long before the Alonso-Hamilton spat hit the headlines.

It is more likely, should the move materialise, that it will be Webber who cedes his place, potentially ending up at Renault - whose boss Flavio Briatore has managed the Australian for the past seven years - and allowing Heikki Kovalainen to slip into Alonso's seat at McLaren.

 

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