As Fernando Alonso continues to evaluate his options for 2008 ahead of making a decision over his future, it seems another potential opening has slammed shut in his face.

Whilst Renault is still seen as the favourite to land the Spaniard's services next season - dependent on the verdict at its World Motor Sports Council hearing in Paris on Thursday [see separate story - click here] - other teams to have been mooted are Red Bull Racing, Toyota and Honda, despite the fact all three have two race drivers already under contract.

The Japanese outfit's new boss, ex-Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, however, has moved to quell any possibility of the former double Formula 1 World Champion winding up at Brackley next year, telling German specialist publication Auto Motor und Sport that Honda 'would be the wrong team for Alonso' in 2008.

It had been suggested the 26-year-old may take the place of Rubens Barrichello, who has begun almost 250 races in the top flight and next year is set to become the most experienced F1 driver of all time. The Brazilian, though, remained equally unmoved by the speculation swirling around his position.

"I have heard so many rumours over the last 15 years that I do not get nervous," the 35-year-old told the magazine.

"My contract is bullet-proof. If Fernando and Honda have spoken about a job for 2008, then it must be about being a test-driver."

 

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