Rewind almost five months and there seemed to be a very strong possibility that Fernando Alonso would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season to form a formidable partnership with Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull.
Alonso had been openly critical of his Ferrari team in Hungary and his manager, Luis Garcia Abad had been spotted meeting with Red Bull boss Christian Horner, as Sky Sports reported at the time.
When Horner was pressed on the issue, he said little to deny that he had been talking to Alonso about a possible drive.
Is [Alonso] available? You ask him. We are going to take a bit of time to make the right decision. We have some great options and we don't need to be in a rush. There has not been any pressure that we must take a junior driver, it is a matter of fielding the best team. Of course, the junior drivers are under consideration but there is no pre-requisite it has to be a junior driver for next season. We want to put the strongest drivers in the car that we can. "It would be interesting. At the end of the day we have to do what is right for the team and the pairing that we want to put together next year has to be right for the team.
Just how long Alonso is prepared to bide his time at Ferrari in his quest for that elusive third title is an interesting question. He has clearly been frustrated at being second best to Alonso and if Daniel Ricciardo fails to deliver, we could see the move happen.