For many Ferrari fans, the loss of Fernando Alonso signalled the end of the best chance for a successful World Drivers Champion with the Red team. Many citing as proof, the events during Red Bull’s domination as the Spaniard outdrove an uncompetitive car nearly taking the title on two occasions.
After the move to Mclaren and then eventual retirement from Formula 1, some have hoped that the two time Champion might return to the more competitive Ferrari team in a dream comeback move out of retirement.
Recently, the Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that Toyota is simply waiting on the Spaniard’s decision about 2020 before green-lighting a full Dakar Rally effort for Alonso, further fuelling rumour of a return to F1. Scuderia Ferrari director Mattia Binotto wanted to silence those rumours that Fernando Alonso might return to Ferrari in 2020.
Asked by Sky Sports, Mattia Binotto took the opportunity to deny the rumour of Fernando Alonso’s possible return to Maranello in 2020, and at the same time confirmed the Italian team’s line-up for next season.
“I can only confirm what Sebastian (Vettel) has already said: we have two pilots with ongoing contracts. ” said Mattia Binotto, Director of Scuderia Ferrari.
“Our line-up for next season is fixed, and we have no reason to change it. I think things are clear. ” concludes Binotto, who confirms that the driver duo will remain unchanged next year at Ferrari.”
Alonso further plays down the chances of a return saying; “Back in Formula 1? There are new dreams every day,” the driver told fans on social media.
“Being able to compete and try to win in other disciplines requires me to reach a level I did not have before. I am very happy,” he added.
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