Dennis admits ‘never say never’ Alonso could return to McLaren
17 December, 2013
Despite the unsavoury history of their one year relationship, McLaren supremo Ron Dennis has refused to rule out reuniting with Fernando Alonso in the future as the British team seeks to rekindle its winning ways beyond 2014 when its second Honda era begins.
Dennis told the BBC, “One has to recognise [that] the first objective of any grand prix team is to win races. Whatever obstacles sit between a team wanting to win and winning, be it engineering, fiscal or human issues, you resolve them. [One] never says never.”
It is no secret that team principal Martin Whitmarsh has been ‘romancing’ the Spaniard who drove for them during the ill fated 2007 season, openly admitting that the Spaniard would be welcome back at the team.
Alonso is not letting on if he is even considering the overtures from Woking, “I have three more years with Ferrari and I hope many more to come if we can extend the contract and that would be my hope.”
His manager Luis Garcia Abad has labeled the return to McLaren reports as ‘Formula 1 fiction’ and added, “You cannot have two signed contracts, as when you sign one, you must notify the body that controls it. So it is technically impossible.”
Alonso and Ferrari are currently going through great pains to assure the public that all is well at Maranello, despite the team signing ‘prodigal son’ Kimi Raikkonen to partner Alonso starting in 2014.
The pairing, which has already been dubbed ‘Fire & Ice’ by the media, is supposed to bring back the all important titles to Ferrari – however, many believe that Raikkonen’s return is a play by Luca di Montezemolo to reaffirm the balance of power within the team in the wake of Alonso’s criticism of the 2013 F138 earlier in the season.
Cynics predict that the Alonso-Raikkonen partnership will be shortlived, which would make the McLaren (with works Honda power in 2015) a very attractive option to either of them should things go awry at Ferrari, with the smart money on Alonso losing the plot first.
Meanwhile the fallout between Dennis and Alonso, in the aftermath of the Spygate scandal of 2007, prompted the Spaniard to say on record that he would never return to a team if Dennis was involved in any way.
After a woeful 2013 F1 season for McLaren, Dennis is aggrieved by the freefall of the organisation he built into a winning machine and is reportedly seeking to increase his share in the team with a view to returning to head up the F1 operation.
If Alonso remains a target for a Dennis led McLaren, it can be said that time does tend to heal, while money is always the best medicine especially in Formula 1. Ask Ferrari and Raikkonen. (GP247)
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