Fernando Alonso’s seat choices for the 2018 F1 season seem to have narrowed after Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne conclusively dismissed discuss of the two-time world champion returning to the Scuderia subsequent season.
Alonso is coming to the top of his three-year cope with McLaren and is thought to be contemplating his choices off the again of one other irritating season undermined by the poor efficiency and reliability from the Honda energy unit.
As such, a possible return to the Ferrari crew Alonso raced with between 2010 and 2014 had been rumoured rather than Kimi Raikkonen, whose seat seems more and more in danger after Marchionne described him as a ‘laggard’ following a lacklustre Austrian Grand Prix effort.
Nevertheless, talking to experiences in Spielberg, Marchionne – while revealing Alonso has certainly made an method – seems to shut the door on any probability for the Spaniard to re-join.
“Now we have acquired requests for Alonso to return to Ferrari, however we’ve got two excellent drivers, so is not potential for him to return for the time being,” he mentioned.
Assuming Ferrari is out of the body, one other potential alternative to affix Mercedes appears unlikely too after Valtteri Bottas demonstrated his title credentials with a second win of the season in Austria.
Although Mercedes has been coy on discussing Bottas’ contract, Lewis Hamilton does not anticipate to see Alonso alongside him within the crew any time quickly.
“I am fairly pleased with the team-mate I’ve, so it is not even a thought in my thought course of proper now,” he mentioned.
Although Marchionne’s phrases appear to speak up the chance of an unchanged line-up for Ferrari subsequent 12 months, whereas Sebastian Vettel is anticipated to re-sign, Raikkonen’s future stays unclear.
The Finn is at the moment on a single 12 months extension – introduced throughout final 12 months’s British Grand Prix – however it’s widely-believed Ferrari is contemplating a swoop for Purple Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Nevertheless, the Australian’s hopes of switching might relaxation with former team-mate Vettel – with whom he endured a fractious relationship throughout their time collectively at Purple Bull -, who will probably have a say on who companions him subsequent season. Different choices might embody an more and more jaded Max Verstappen, Pressure India standout Sergio Perez or Haas’ Romain Grosjean.
As for Alonso, his choices for 2018 seem restricted to re-signing with McLaren – no matter whether or not it perseveres with Honda or does full its a lot mooted swap to Mercedes energy – or a potential return to the Renault crew he received two world titles with in 2005 and 2006.
He’s anticipated to decide through the summer time break with an announcement to come back in September or October.