Why Winning the Title for Ferrari Should Be Fernando Alonso's Main Priority
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What do Fernando Alonso and Cesc Fabregas have in common? Aside from the fact they’re both Spanish and two of the best in the world at their respective sports, both men have recently been linked with moves from one big team to another.
The rumours coming out of the Hungarian Grand Prix paddock were that Alonso was unhappy at Ferrari. When asked what he would like for his birthday, Alonso is thought to have replied ‘someone else’s car’. But whilst Alonso may be dissatisfied with his car’s current pace relative to Red Bull and Mercedes in particular, there are several reasons why I just don’t see this move happening.
1. Winning for Ferrari is special
Alonso joined Ferrari in 2008 with the goal of adding to his tally of two world championship titles for the biggest team in motorsport. Think Ferrari and you think of Formula One. The famous Prancing Horse is an emblem of the highest form of motorsport and Alonso won’t want to leave the team until he has achieved the goal of joining the list of great Ferrari champions from Alberto Ascari and Juan Manuel Fangio to Niki Lauda and Michael Schumacher. It took Schumacher five years to achieve his goal of a first title with Ferrari since joining from Benetton as a double world champion in 1996. He went on to win four more.
2. He has a contract until 2016
When asked about Alonso’s situation by BBC Sport in Hungary, Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali was adamant his man was firmly tied into a deal with no get-out clauses. "Fernando is an asset for the team. First of all, we have a contract with him and for sure everyone knows about it." The cost of Red Bull extracting Alonso from Ferrari would simply be too high even for a man like Dietrich Mateschitz. Ferrari also signalled their intent to Alonso that they will deliver the fast car he craves by signing highly former Lotus technical director James Allison who worked with Alonso at Renault in 2005 and 2006.
3. Vettel and Alonso would not work
Alonso’s manager Luis Garcia Abad said he did met with Red Bull boss Christina Horner on Friday but it was to discuss Red Bull junior driver Carlos Sainz. And whilst Horner admitted conversations had taken place about driver options for 2014, it is unlikely the Red Bull boss would pair two such big personalities together. History has proven that it’s not such a wise move, just look at Alain Prost v Ayrton Senna and more recently Alonso v Lewis Hamilton at McLaren. Horner may also have learned some valuable lessons from the fractuous relationship between Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber. Like Schumacher before him, Alonso is the undisputed number one at Ferrari and the team works around him. It wouldn’t be the case at Red Bull and Vettel has already expressed a preference for his friend Kimi Raikkonen in an interview with BBC Sport. Whilst undoubtedly quick and a former world champion himself, Raikkonen is a far more relaxed personality, so laid back he even sleeps right before races. It seems an easier fit, as does other option Daniel Ricciardo.
Will Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel ever be teammates?
"I'd prefer Kimi. I have to be careful now, nothing against Fernando. I really respect him a lot as a driver. I respect Kimi on track and off track because he has always been really straight with me. From that point of view, it might be a bit easier."
It all points out to Alonso staying put at Ferrari in 2014. Beyond then, who knows but Alonso should be wearing red again next season and Fabregas probably won’t be but that’s a story for another section.
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