Fernando Alonso will not leave Ferrari for Red Bull, says Briatore
Posted on: 04:08 PM IST Aug 03, 2013
Rubbishing the reports of Fernando Alonso switching to Red bull next season, the head of Ferrari's management team Flavio Briatore said the Spaniard has no intention of quitting the team. Alonso was linked as a replacement of Red Bull driver Mark Webber, who will be quitting Formula One at the end of the season.
"Fernando has a contract and contracts must be respected. There is no temptation [to leave Ferrari] whatsoever," Briatore told Italy's Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper,
Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen are the frontrunners to partner Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull next season but after spotting Christian Horner in conversation with Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad at the Hungaroring last weekend, rumour mills went into overdrive.
"It's normal for a racing driver to desire a competitive car and the team must work hard to supply it. End of story," Briatore stated. "Alonso has never said he wants to leave. Ferrari and Alonso remain a winning pairing. He just needs to have a car that allows him to start from the top two rows," he added.
"Fernando has never had problems racing with anyone else," the Italian claimed. "He's like Senna in that respect. Ayrton would say 'put anyone next to me', and that's what Alonso is like."