It was a shock because McLaren already has two capable drivers in the team and Alonso is still under contract with Ferrari.
But when questioned on the matter, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh said he would like to have the two-time world champion back in his team.
“Yes, any team would. He's the best driver. I don't know his contractual situation. I assume he's under contract.”
Alonso himself poured cold water on the idea whilst saying he was flattered by McLaren’s interest.
“I love Ferrari and I will stay at Ferrari until the end [of my contract]. It's nice to hear comments from all the team principals every year saying they respect my job and personality, especially McLaren.”
So if Whitmarsh knows Alonso still has a contract with Ferrari that he intends to see through, why are they attempting to lure him back?