Huge clouds have been gathering over Fernando Alonso’s future. The Spaniard is set to leave the fabled Italian team Ferrari, but according to Luca di Montezemolo, Alonso and team’s principal Marco Mattiacci have been in intense and continuous discussions in Japan.
Despite having a contract for two other years, Fernando Alonso seems to be frustrated being dogged by mediocre cars year after year. The Spaniard, who came close to win the title in 2010 and 2012 in a mediocre car, admitted that he would love to put an end to his career by adding more titles to his tally.
“I am a very competitive person and I want to win, which is something, I have wanted since I was ten years old and starting karting at a professional level. I want to win and am ready to maximise my performance at what I think is the best moment of my career.”
The still-in-charge Luca di Montezemolo, whose place will be taken over by Sergio Marchionne later this month, said at the Paris Motor Show that Alonso and Mattiacci were searching for the best solution for both the Spaniard and Ferrari in Japan.
"I must thank Alonso, because whether he stays or doesn’t stay, he has done a lot for Ferrari. We have a contract and in the next few days we are going to take a final decision with a lot of respect for one another.”
"If he says he will stay, we will be happy. If we decide together to end our collaboration, it will be in the best manner possible," he added.
According to various Italian and Spanish sources, Alonso would announce his departure in the coming days. The Spaniard is still evaluating his options.
Despite enjoying clear interest fromMcLaren-Honda, Alonso wants to take minimal risk and likes to join Mercedes or Red Bull which can deliver field-leading cars in the shortest term. If Alonso joins McLaren-Honda, he could partner Jenson Button.
Ferrari meanwhile is also evaluating its options. The Italians reportedly want Hamilton or Vettel to replace their star driver. If this attempt fails, Jules Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari Academy since 2009, is likely to be promoted to a Scuderia Ferrari racing driver.