The silly season has kicked into full effect and with some drivers already knowing where they will drive next year the stories around one particular driver has everyone intrigued.
The future of Fernando Alonso at McLaren has been in doubt for a while now. With the poor performance of the Honda engine the Spaniard has been vocal in his displeasure with the Japanese manufacturer. This, along with multiple DNF’s and even a DNS’s in Russia, has led to a very disgruntled former champion and speculation of him leaving the Woking side.
But with places at the top three teams, Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull, all tied up it would seem (some people still think Bottas is a doubt) there is limited openings on grid. The early rumours had him talking to Renault, the team he won both his world championships with in 2005 and 2006. McLaren are desperate to retain their super star driver and earlier this year went to the length of helping him race at Indianapolis in the Indy 500, missing the Monaco Grand Prix in the process, all in the hope of pleasing Alonso. The man himself has even said he might quit F1 if he is not satisfied with the seat he can get, promoting speculation of a full time drive in the Indy Car series.
Now the rumours around the paddock in Spa this weekend have it that Williams have supposedly offered him a seat next year. The Grove based side have struggled this season but in recent years have been fighting with Force India for best of the rest over fourth in the constructors title. Having the two time champion in their car would help with development of both car and prospect team mate Lance Stroll. This would see Felipe Massa, Alonso team mate at Ferrari between 2009 and 2013, making way and possibly back to the retirement he announced last year before coming back.
Except the Brazilian is happy just now and wants to continue beyond this year, preferably with Williams. The team also seem happy with the Brazilian’s performances but with Alonso a possibility who wouldn’t go for a former champion if possible. Also Stroll’s father, wealthy billionaire Lawrence Stroll, is also supposedly keen to have Alonso in the team to help his boy develop and with his wealth and fortune might even help out with some additional funds if required to facilitate the move.
A move to Williams would, however, be a gamble for Alonso and if he was to gamble on staying in F1 then surely it would be better to stick out the project with McLaren and Honda, should Honda remain in F1 of course. What would you like to see Fernando do based on the available options? Comment on the Twitter or Facebook posts on our page and get involved.