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Alonso gets cryptic on Twitter amid speculation about his future

Aug 8, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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As speculation about his future with Ferrari continues to circulate, Fernando Alonso has sent out a cryptic tweet to deny some of the stories.

The two-time world champion joined Ferrari back in 2010, creating a partnership that was intended to take both the driver and the team back to the very top of Formula 1.

We’re now five seasons down the line, and neither has another world title to its name. Alonso has managed to get himself in the running for the championship on two occasions, only to lose out to Sebastian Vettel at the final race (2010, 2012), but the sub-standard Ferrari cars have given him little hope of beating the German driver and – now in 2014 – Mercedes.

For some time now, stories have been linking Alonso with a move back to McLaren, who is set to join forces with Honda once again in 2015. However, a report in Bild earlier this week said that the Spaniard would be willing to stay at Ferrari if his salary was doubled to nearly $50m per year, making him the highest-paid driver in the history of the sport.

Alonso took to Twitter yesterday to add his pennyworth to the stories.

For some time now, the Spaniard has denied all reports linking him with a move away from the team. In Germany, he denied having contact with any other team before laughing at the fact that his future has been speculated ever since his Renault days back in 2003.

“It’s the same question every year in July,” he said. “From 2003 I start, so eleven years. I didn’t talk with any team, and it’s not my priority.”

With silly season quickly gathering steam though, it will have to become his priority sooner or later.

  1. photog645 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    I have no idea why Fernando wants to stay with Ferrari. He has given his best driving years to the team and they have given him crap to drive. You can bet if the situation were reversed, Ferrari would dump him like a hot potato! He can find better situations in F1 as a driver that are just as remunerative as his Ferrari situation.

  2. techmeister1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Alonso is looking for at least one more F1 championship before he retires from F1 to go endurance racing with Mark Webber. Most drivers are like Alonso and want to drive for Ferrari and win championships with Ferrari before they retire. Alonso probably only has 5 years or so left to make it happen in F1. Mercedes is probably the only team that would be a step up from Ferrari at the moment and those seats are taken. Thus it makes no sense to move on as Ferrari is likely to have a resurgence as they do a complete overhaul of their F1 operation for 2015. It’s not about the money, it’s about winning races and the championship.

    BTW, photog645 you are 100% correct that Ferrari would have dumped any driver who delivered as poor a performance as the Ferrari factory has done the past 5+ years. This is not due to lack of effort however as you can be certain that everyone at Ferrari is giving 110%. Ferrari racing is a national “religion” and VERY serious business for those involved. Let’s hope 2015 is Ferrari’s and McLaren’s come back year. They both need to be fighting for wins in every race.

  3. manik56 - Aug 8, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Leaving Ferrari would be as silly as leaving Ganassi in IndyCar. You just don’t do it unless you are ready for your career to end.

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