Our newest contributor, Sergio Flores is from Mexico and shares his thoughts about Fernando Alonso and his future in Formula One.
A lot of things have been said about Fernando Alonso’s future in 2018. There is speculation that he may leave McLaren at the end of the season after the team’s struggle with poor engine performance for the last three seasons.
Rumors place him at Mercedes after his manager, Flavio Briatore, had dinner with Toto Wolff during Azerbaijan’s GP – although this move is not likely. We all know what happened when he partnered Lewis back in 2007 at McLaren… Former shareholder & CEO Ron Dennis had his hands full handling both drivers and Alonso left the team at the end of the season.
Is there room for him at Maranello? Doubtful. Ferrari’s top driver is Vettel. It is no secret Fernando would give Sebastian a run for his money, as he would not settle for being 2nd best within the Scuderia. My gut tells me Ferrari will be looking for young drivers like Ricciardo, Verstappen or Sainz.
Renault is another option, Fernando won both championships driving for the Enstone based team. He knows the way the team works, and he is highly praised by the people at Renault. To be fair, I do not think Renault will have a good engine that can make the team a serious contender for the championship.
Where to start with McLaren? Both Zak Brown and Eric Boullier have been trying to keep Alonso for next season. They even managed to get him an entry at this year’s Indy 500, which I’m pretty sure he would have won if he didn’t have engine failure. Things are starting to turn around for engine supplier Honda, after Alonso got the first points for the team in Baku. If the new spec engine performs well in the next few races, this might give him a chance to consider staying for next season.
So, where will Fernando be in 2018? He has repeatedly said he will not talk about his future before September, I guess we will have to wait and see if he can secure a drive to fight for a third driver’s championship before he heads to Indy or Le Mans.