According to Marca and Motorsport.com, Red Bull have revealed that Fernando Alonso has made himself available for a return to Formula 1 next year.
Despite taking time away from F1 last year, the paper claims that Alonso has got in touch with them after recent rumours that Verstappen might leave and the obvious poor performances of Pierre Gasly.
Marca’s claims are backed up by a piece published in the Dutch language version of motorsport.com:
“Alonso’s representatives have let us know that he is available,” Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told Motorsport.com
“But for Honda, Alonso is something impossible.”
It would come as no surprise to hear from many that Alonso is unlikely to return to a race seat for either McLaren Renault, or any Honda-powered team after recent seasons. Indeed yesterday McLaren announced their confirmed 2020 line up, sticking with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.
It appears that Alonso is also following the happenings with Sebastian Vettel and his recent retirement / move back to Red Bull rumours.
This offer from Alonso to Red Bull does come as a surprise given the public spat that occurred between the Spaniard and Red Bull boss Christian Horner last year after the driver claimed that team had offered him the opportunity to replace Daniel Ricciardo. But that being said, it’s ironic that Red Bull have made such a statement as last year it was Alonso who caught everyone off guard with his claim that he’d had 6 or 7 offers from Red Bull over the years via Sky Sports interview (below).
“I said no to offers, including one from Red Bull, because the projects weren’t winning ones,” Alonso said last September.
“My goals are no longer in Formula 1 at this point. I made my decision two months ago and I’m happy.” concluded Alonso.
Horner then sparked controversy when he admitted that Alonso wouldn’t fit into the team dynamic at Red Bull, however this is something the Spaniard refutes.
“There hasn’t been any confusion, I was disappointed with his comments in the summer about my way of working and my character,” Alonso said.
“He never worked with me and I don’t think the people who have will say they’ve had any problems……. It was strange to read this from someone who has never worked with me and has also tried to hire me several times in my career.”
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