Alonso spells it out: No McLaren move
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Posted By: James Allen  |  20 Sep 2013   |  6:00 pm GMT  |  153 comments

Fernando Alonso spoke out tonight about rumours in the F1 paddock that he is lining up to defect from Ferrari to McLaren next year.

The story has snowballed in the last 24 hours since McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh praised Alonso as “one of the best” and said that he would love to sign him if he could, despite the spectacular fall out between the team and driver in 2007. The delay in announcing Jenson Button and Sergio Perez served to feed the doubts.

Clearly wanting to nip the stories in the bud, Alonso took the unusual step of speaking to the media after Free Practice 2, something he usually does not do.

“It’s nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren,” Alonso said.

“There were so many rumours that we had a lot of problems that year, but I always said that there are no problems with anyone, it was just the philosophy of the team, especially one man in the team that is not already (sic) there.

“It is good to have these comments but there is no intention. I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more to come if we can extend the contract and that would be my hope.”

Ferrari has repeated that it has three years remaining on the contract with the Spaniard from 2014 onwards and while McLaren would seem to be the only possible option, should he feel like leaving, realistically any escape clauses in his contract would be unlikely to be triggered by the current situation. He’s second in the world championship, has won races and scored multiple podiums, so performance clauses are likely to have been satisfied.

Only a clause which guaranteed him number one status would be at risk, given the arrival of Raikkonen, but it isn’t legally possible to sign a contract with one driver which invalidates another contract.

Ferrari would countenance the Spaniard taking a year off, but not moving to a rival team and any such move would have to be negotiate with their participation.

Alonso added on Saturday that he is actively discussing an extension to his Ferrari deal, “We are working very closely on arriving at that situation because I hope to end my career in Formula One with Ferrari.

“To sit together and to try to do it, that’s my desire, and the team has expressed to me more or less the same desire when we talk about this.

However, McLaren are serious about rehiring Alonso and the possibility of him moving to McLaren in 2015 must be considered real. Honda will enter the sport with a new turbo engine and a big budget. Alonso is likely to be a key target for them.

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“especially one man in the team that is not already (sic) there”

I don’t know if it was you Mr Allen or if it came that way in a press clip, but the inclusion of the adverb “sic” is quite rude, to say the least. It is rude because it makes mockery of Alonso’s language skills and that could only be done (the mockery) by someone with at least the same skills than him in a foreign language. Is that so? Does the writer speak spanish as well as Alonso does in english? I guess not. More so if we bear in mind that Alonso not only speaks english Ok, but also italian. Pity he didn’t have the time to go to a public school, as he was karting around at that age. Some might not like Alonso as a person, but making mockery of language skills is as unsporting as booing a champ.

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ohh ohh ohh

First lap, from 7th to 3rd!!!!

This is it!!!

Better to speak on trak!!!

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JAMES it is sad that you don’t say a word about the topic and try to… please, get in to it and recond that Alonso has always been consider and outsider from the stablishment. But I tell you something, that is exactly his main power, that normal people recognise themselves on him and his everyday efford. He is just like the majority of us in a world of extravagant expenses and rich men or spoil young guys made by big teams. Drivers with no personal opinion.

Alonso has made huge contributions for this sport:

Fairplay on race.

Brake the boring stablisment.

Open the way to young drivers and normal guys, not only rich drivers from rich families.

And his expertise at driving.

But I will not fight more for him. Not here. This is made for other interest… more “arian” and nobel.

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Javier,

You’re accusing this site of being Arian (didn’t think there were THAT man Vettel supporters on here but there you go), but clearly you are supporting YOUR national hero blindly.

Fairplay on racing? Really?

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Steven, I mean “fairplay on racing” focusing on “the race”, how Alo drive in every race.

I know some people think it is not fairplay his mental games or every day messages about Samurais and all that rubbish, off the race, and I can agree he should stop with it.

But ON RACE, tell me if I´m wrong if I say he is one of the top drivers with les scandals on race. Or, in other way, with less sanctions for races actions in the last ten years.

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That is an excellent picture for the article, James.

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It was a mistake. I knew it of course, but that is an excelent picture of the actitude here about Alonso, Torchwood, as your nickname of yours

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Fernando Alonso Diaz was born in a modest family who invest all his money on his joung carrier (opposite of Vetel, Hamilton and Kimi and – only for that – admirable)

To earn some money for the race expenses he worked as a mecanic with Bulto’ brothers (owners of the legendary Bultaco bikes brand).

HIs only idol from youth was senna and his dream to emulate him at… Mclaren.

He got into formula 1 througt a dog cars team (Jordan) and has to work and learn from the very botton (not like VEtel, Hamilton or Kimi)

Whem he first raced he did it in a dictatorial kigdom of a german well knowing as dirty as maximun to win, even crahsing agains his revals… calle Schumaker.

He always declared openly -since he was no one- that it was more importand to be clean that to win. Not a Schumi way…

He was the one who stopped the five back to back WDCs of Schumaker and made him retire, after he had declared he wil retire when a young more talented that him would arrive at f1.

He is the one that HAmilton and Vetel more admired when they both arrived to the great circus.

After winning 2 WDC the atmosfere was that he could became a new Schumaker and his piriod a new dictatorial one. And no one wanted that. Not Eclestone, not the FIA, not any team.

And he was from Spain, a country without even a gran prix winner before. Whiout commercial interest or market actually. The hole f1 world was agaisnt him. So, “the plan” (in a sport were Eccleston was said in advance year afther year who would be the WDC at the start of every last 6 campaigs), the plan was to destroy Alonsos carrear ASAP…

Casual or real, in 2007, ROn Dennys try to destroy him at his very best… someone who had to retired after all that bizarre campaing…

Alonso, easily, would have won 2-3 WDC in a row with a ” NORMAL ” Mclaren and would have go them to Ferrari with 3-5 crows.

Instead, he had to race agains his onw team (it did not happen never before) and, even though, ended only a point adrif from the championship.

This is, after 2 years obligated in an average team and car, the way he arrived al Ferrary.

And since he did, he found a conservative group at the great team, starting for Domenicacalllli…

He is a tough guy, call him a Samuray if you want to laught at him, but a fighter with no doubt.

Something to do whith HAm, VEt or Kimi backgroud? Not much.

And now he will have to re-invent his future again but if he becames 2014 WDC… After 3 WDC HE HAS LOST UNFEARLY, HE DESERVE SOME LUCK AND ALL RESPECT.

Just andswer one question: tell me one driver with he has crash an

nd had polemics for his fault in 10 years, and please, d fr thaton’t mension the CrahsGate that Renault organices with Piquets (f&s) before the team lost his main brand (ING) to employies and finally left the sport. ..

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He came into F1 with Minardi, not Jordan

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Cornflakes now being wiped off my monitor (uncontrollable guffaw)

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One little thing of importance. In 2015, Mclaren will not be just Mclaren. It will be Mclaren Honda. A certain driver, who is revered by drivers and will be revered by drivers to come, wrote F1 History with those two names written in his car.

To some persons, that’s important. Is Alonso one of those persons? Let’s wait and see.

Loved the quirky smile in Whitmarsh’ face during Sky interview!

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simple question, simple answer.

Mclaren will be something else when Honda joins, so can’t rule anything out in terms of pressing interests.

I’d rather Alonso stays in Ferrari, unless they continue sucking. But he is free to listen to offers, just like Ferrari is free to look at any driver. I’m sure the Mclaren/Honda association will trigger some romantic feelings. Hopefully it matches with good results.

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Nando is and will remain a Ferrari pilot until he retires .

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Exactly right.

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I used to think Martin Whitmarsh is ok. But he’s just he’s just talking out of his arse again like he did a few weeks ago with Kimi . It’s all just destabilizing politics..

We all keeps saying anything can happen in F1. But honestly who in their right mind would hire someone who tried to blackmail a former team boss !- no matter the circumstances..and how good a driver he is.

Both Ferrari and Fernando wanted to quash these rumours quickly. As would anyone focused on 2014. I love the pic James and really says it all !!. I only wish that Kimi rightfully reclaims his glory of 2007 and maybe pulls a miracle in a reliable Ferrari when everyone are starting again. It might make up for his lost 2005 title to the scheming Samurai or the 2003 title to MS.. Kimi really deserves it. I really hope he gets to retire on a high and you could see the Tifosi still have a soft spot for him. He has a habit of defying what many try to hide or deny in F1 and for this I want him to succeed even more.

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This is Hack journalism at its best I’m afraid (sorry James, no offence meant directly to you).

Andrew Benson on BBC headlined with “Alonso is Mclaren’s prime target” which is totally contradicted by the content of the article (Whitmarsh was being asked a simple question, he gave a simple answer).

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Alonso will want to comfortably beat Raikkonen in a Ferrari before he considers any other moves. Just my feeling about him, but no more or less valid than these rumours. McLaren have taken such a big step back this season I’m sure any top line driver would want to see where they are WITH Honda power before deciding to join them – unless of course there were humungous wodges of dosh to go with any offer, and until they have sorted their title sponsor situation I can’t see there being too much of that floating around. No, I confidently predict that Kimi will see out his 2 year deal at Maranello with Alonso as his team mate. After that, who knows, but they will drive together for 2 years at least.

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The first line of your post may be the most relevant one on the topic.

There’s a reason why drivers move from relatively comfy positions in their team to new surrounds against top drivers: Reputation.

It’s what motivates F1 drivers when you think they’ve achieved everything there is to do.

Vettel will do it because he knows his drivers titles will always feature the footnote (*titles delivered by Adrian Newey).

Hamilton did it because he needed to prove it wasn’t all about McLaren.

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Ron Dennis will never have Alonso in McLaren again. He tried to [mod] him and he hasn’t forgotten that yet.

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Lotus Update: Massa is favourite for the drive.

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Whitmarsh says Alo is the best piloto in F1. Lewis Hamilton says Alo is the best piloto in F1. They both worked with The Samurai at McLaren. Andrea Stella says Alo is the best piloto in F1. Massa told Martin Brundle that Alo is most perfect piloto he’s ever worked with in F1. And they worked with Schumacher. Enough said.

Ferrari are idiots. Still can’t believe till this day how they pitted Alo to cover Webb in ’10 Abu Dhabi instead of going for the race win or podium. They’re strategy and development upgrade stuff ups have been amateur legend. Scuderia sucks!

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i would have to agree with you on this, Ferrari under the guise of Brawn and Todt were brilliant in regards to strategy. for the four years that Aonso has been there they have made some horrible calls when it really counted…

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This whole episode shows how much of a bad situation McLaren are in. When have they ever had such a poor car and also when have they had such a poor driver line up?

Sure Button has his moments but the reality is he isn’t in the top 5 drivers. Perez is a young talent and has at times shown better speed than Button but his consistency is poor and thus is very much a work in progress.

As for the team well I am really worried about Whitmarsh. He seems to have been manipulated by Button and it has meant that he lost the teams best asset – Hamilton. Button seems to be allowed to get away with anything – firstly playing games in Spa (openly flirting with other teams and trying to put pressure on McLaren) and then telling the world that he had signed a contract before Mclaren were allowed to announce. But Whitmarsh seems happy about it whilst I think most people look on bemused at what he sees in Button when the reality is he should have been chasing Kimi. Then he openly talks about Alonso the guy who nearly destroyed the team in 2007. Now I don’t doubt that Alonso is the best driver on the grid but for him to talk about him like he did yesterday makes himself look silly. I really have to wonder what Ron thinks?

In conclusion what is Mclaren’s actual plan? They seem lost to me without a genuine plan – apart from Honda. I wish them luck as they have been an incredible team but I really worry for their direction. Maybe that is the problem – they are in Limbo until 2015 which is why no one will sign for them and they are left with Button and Perez when if they had played their cards right they could have had Lewis and Kimi and the team would not have been in the mess it is now.

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Great Post, you’ve summed up my thoughts exactly.

Whitmarsh’s undying belief that Button is the equal of all Alonso, Hamilton and Vettel is the reason both for the exit of Lewis and their current predicament.

Button has won some extraordinary races, but that’s the problem, they were (almost all) extraordinary circumstances which he’s somehow interpreted as nothing less than genius.

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I correct: ” … every year since 2003…”

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It isn’t objetive to negate the obvious. And it is a fact that Fernando is not just a great driver, plus he organises team, brands, fans and media interest arround him as much as only the greatest have that before in this sport.

Except for 2008-2009 (for obvious reasons) he has been every year lince 2006 (which are more that 10 years allready):

One of the 3 best paid a year

Of the 3 with more companies arround

Of the 2 most succesfull in race

Of the 2 getting more points, podiums and wins in race

And the only one that have been in the 3 best teams of the moment (considering Renault one of the 2-3 in 2006-7)

To read people negating his importance and quality as a driver is just… No credit for the one who does it.

Its quite the same with HAM in spain -I recond- but the vast majority there, even if they don’t speak to him with “love”, they recond and respect him as a driver.

I’m sure its a consecuence of HamAloGate in 2007, but let leave this behind and go on…

ALO is a monster of this sport, recond or not in brithis countrys and Ham fans.

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Mate, I think you will mainly find two groups that will manage to “not see” all the obvious facts that you listed.

The first group is VET fans that may be bitter that VET is not getting close to the same publicity/interest/recognition as ALO, in spite of winning more races/titles/breaking whatever record. VET even gets boood when stepping up on the podium to the first step, while 2nd ALO gets the cheers and applauds…That creates bitterness and jealousy I can imagine…hence the denial.

The second group are those (mainly Mclaren fans i reckon) that put all their money on HAM, back in 2007, only to realize in the subsequent years that they had put their money on the wrong horse…and are still not willing to admit the mistake.

I think, especially after the accomplishments of 2012, those who still do “not see”, are beyond help. So, being an ALO fan, you cannot but lean back, admire and enjoy the top notch racing, race after race – from the greatest. You never know when he will lay down the helmet so enjoy while you can!

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that is some very good insight…

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A few points . Since he left Mclaren Alonso has had the knack of moving to teams just as they’re hitting a performance down turn. I’d stick with Ferrari for now and see how the new technical team improve things.

Also, pointing the finger at Ron Dennis yet again can’t help his cause if he did ever want to move. I’m sure Ron is still a pretty influential person in the team, doesn’t he still own it?

Finally, he speaks as though it’s down to him where he chooses to end his career. Well, Ferrari got rid of Schumacher when they thought he might be past his sell by date, and we know what happened to Kimi and Prost.

A frustrated Alonso fan.

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I don’t think that Alonso and McLaren fit together – he as a very sultry personate on one side and McLaren as a cool, disciplined team. They would never pull something off like letting the other car not race for a fast lap but just to produce slipstream as Massa had to in Monza.

They should not do one mistake twice…

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Alonso to McLaren with the new Honda power makes so much sense. F1 without McLaren at the sharp end has been a bit of a turn off this season and I’m sure that all focus will be on re-building for an explosive start with Honda in 2015. Next years re-building will be difficult to stomach but perhaps an inevitable fall out. Plus Alonso by then will have had his fill of the Ferrari straight jacket that mad Monty imposes on all team members. Bring it on I say. Welcome Alonso back!

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He’s definitely not going back to Macca, dream on! Why on earth would he go to a extremely unstable, uncompetitive team which treated him like dirt in the past? You must be kidding me?! Alonso ain’t stupid you know.

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Oh good grief, will you media ever cease stirring up trouble to get attention? It’s disgraceful. You’d cause someone to have a stroke and just count up your ad money smiling.

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yeah, i think he is going to move!!

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I thought so! Like the old saying goes, “there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests”. I still doubt that this will happen though, but I wouldn’t be that surprised if it actually did. I think, despite their history (and opposite philosophies), it isn’t totally impossible for both parties to work together again; and both McLaren and Alonso will probably admit this time, that they could have each personally done something differently to have alleviated the situation in 2007, rather than let it unravel the way it did.

For now though, let’s see if the Ferrari-Alonso partnership can be repaired. Personally, I think Ferrari could have handled the re-hiring of Kimi Raikkonen much better, as more often the message coming across is, it’s more of “S*** you, Fernando!” rather than “For Ferrari!”. Although, if what Fernando says is true (that he “advised” or gave his blessing, rather, to the re-hiring of Kimi) and that Ferrari (bar LdM) truly believes The Iceman can propel The Spaniard’s driving to new heights, then this article from BleacherReport actually gives a pretty good basis for that logic: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1779691-why-fernando-alonso-will-benefit-from-kimi-raikkonens-return-to-ferrari

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So Kimi & Fernando will end their F1 careers with Ferrari like they said before.

Let’s wait & see.

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Jordan made a prediction about Alonso moving to McLaren in 2015, and Whitmarch is trying to be clever and reduce the salary demands of his current drivers for 2014.

However, Alonso is not that stupid. Yes, he tried to go to Red Bull for the best car, but after them, only Ferrari and Mercedes stand a chance to challenge for the title next year. McLaren are total no-hopers.

Unless Ferrari perform worse next year (which is pretty unlikely), I see no reason for Alonso to move. And if he decided to move for 2015, Mercedes would be a better bet than McLaren anyway.

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Why are Mclaren ‘total no hopers’? You saw back in 2009 that they had a dog of a car, next year… back to winning GP’s.

Ok, maybe 2014 might not be their year but I expect them to be near the front again by ’15.

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