Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso: I have power over my F1 future
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso insists he is in a unique position of power over his F1 future
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso insists he is in a unique position of power over his Formula 1 future.
With four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel confirmed as leaving Red Bull Racing at the end of the year, almost certainly to take Alonso’s seat at Ferrari, the paddock is awaiting the news of where the Spaniard will be in 2015.
The 33-year-old believes he has options, but there aren’t many seats available at a better car with Mercedes and Red Bull both confirming their driver line-ups for next season.
The expectation is that Alonso will return to McLaren, where he spent a single incident-filled season alongside Lewis Hamilton in 2007 and famously fell out with the team amid the spy-gate controversy.
“I have a very unique position,” Alonso said in Suzuka. “For so many years and with so much respectful work I have done on the track, I decide where to go, what I do and when I do it.
“Some of the things that are happening are a consequence of what I’m thinking. I have had a clear plan for the last three months and everything is moving in the right direction.
“I’m the decision maker. Whatever I do will have some consequences but I’m in a privileged position.
“Whatever I want to do I will do. I will race more or less in whatever place I want.
“After that the others will move their position probably, when I finally make my decision I will tell you when it is time.”
During his five years with Ferrari, Alonso has failed to deliver the success he achieved during his time at Renault, twice finishing runner-up in the drivers’ championship and, with Ferrari restructuring off the track, their fortunes aren’t expected to change next year.
Whatever Alonso’s decision is, it will have an inevitable knock-on effect up and down the pit lane, with neither McLaren driver under contract for 2015.
Other teams and drivers are also awaiting his decision as they can’t fully consider their futures until the Spaniard’s destination is confirmed.
There is also the possibility that he could take a sabbatical and return in 2016, which would allow him to assess whether a move to McLaren, who will have Honda as engine supplier next year, can deliver the success he craves.
“They [rival teams] are curious as there are so many rumours,” he added.
“They call just to get in touch to know about your position or your possibilities for next year. I have the opportunity to do whatever I want and I will do whatever I think is best for me in my career right now.
“It is about a hunger for success, wanting to win, wanting to become champion, wanting to be happy and having a good life.”