Why Fernando Alonso Should Not Go to Ferrari

Sheiban ShakeriSenior Analyst IMarch 25, 2008

There have been rumours rampant that Fernando Alonso, the 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Champion, and slayer of Michael Schumacher, has only taken temporary refuge at Renault and will wait until a seat becomes available at Ferrari.

Today, that speculation went one step further when Alonso said "I have an option to leave so I can be in the best possible car, and it is clear Ferrari is one of the best."

So, will the Prancing Horse sign the Calm Spaniard?

 If Flying Finn Kimi Räikkönen is still there, then Ferrari probably shouldn't.

Why? It is what should be known as the "dream team effect." The members of the team are the best of the best in their sport, and each one of them will want to be that star that wins it for the team and this leads to internal conflicts and a loss of focus from the main task: to win as a team. We saw what happened with Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton last year when given equal status: infighting which led to both men losing out on the world championship. It caused a lot of controversy in the sport, so much so that neither driver is talking to each other even though this is last year's story.

As well, having two world champions occupying 100% of the seats in your team can lead to one demanding all the priority because they are world champion, they have more championships or they have more experience with the team, etc. To put it in simple terms: do you ever dream of driving an F1 car to become world champion? You're taking out all the big drivers in the sport like Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, etc. and your team gives you all the attention because YOU are the one who'll lead this team to glory. That is the same mentality that a Formula One driver will have, and with that championship in hand, it just adds more justification. Having two world champion drivers on the same team creates that conflict because both believe they have the justification to be the leader and their teammate should be the de facto number two.

 Should Alonso join up with another world champion at the stable of the Prancing Horse? Simply no. It's a bad move for Ferrari. They should either forget about signing Alonso or dump Kimi Räikkönen. Alonso should stay put at Renault and bring them back to their winning days, that is probably his best option at the moment.