What Lies Ahead in Fernando Alonso's F1 Future?

Alex JohnsonContributor ISeptember 18, 2008

As this year's fabulous Formula One season reaches its climax, many are pondering where two-time former champion Fernando Alonso will be driving next year.

The main options that seem to be on the horizon for the Spaniard are BMW-Sauber or Honda. However the latter seems to be very unlikely, as they cannot offer the competitive level that Alonso craves so desperately after leaving McLaren last year by mutual consent.

BMW-Sauber seems a more likely option out of his available choices; Alonso and Robert Kubica are both known to be very good friends, but does Kubica want another potential world champion in a team with him?

Many argue Alonso is the best F1 driver in the league, but with Ferrari offering Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen contract extensions to 2011, and the slim chance of a reunion with Ron Dennis seems even slimmer with Heikki Kovalainen staying with the team next season.

You have to question whether Alonso would tolerate another season without a win, so it surely rules Honda out as his next team or staying with Renault, where he has not been able to bring back the magic touch to the team for which he won two back-to-back world titles.

It is well known by many that at BMW-Sauber the relationship has gone sour. Kubica is not happy with the team's management—ironically like Alonso was with Ron Dennis at McLaren—so Alonso could be lining up on the grid with Nick Heidfeld.

You do question whether teams want to bring him aboard. Alonso reminds me of Dimitar Berbatov, the new striker at Manchester United—a world-class talent whom any team would dream of signing, but they would not tolerate his behavior.

True, we have only heard McLaren's view on Alonso, but there are two sides to every story; Alonso could tell a different story. After all, at Interlagos last year, when he had the chance to win the title, the team was telling him to drop back for Hamilton.

I agree in some parts he was made to just try and help Hamilton win the title, seeing as he was going for the hat-trick of titles. I think only time will tell us in this.