Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has played down reports that fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso could be considering a move for away from Maranello in 2015, as speculation continues to mount regarding the future of the double world champion.
Alonso, regarded as perhaps the very best driver in Formula 1 today, has been mentioned along with fellow champions Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton as McLaren seek a truly top driver to spearhead their new Honda era, beginning next year.
Indeed, having hinted recently that Jenson Button will be re-signed, McLaren team boss Eric Boullier hinted that options remain, “It is a question where I cannot say yes and I cannot say no. We are evaluating and assessing every strategy for the future.”
Alonso’s single year at McLaren in 2007 ended more than acrimoniously, but team sources have made clear nothing would stand in the way of a reunion with Ron Dennis some eight years later.
The 32-year-old has often sounded frustrated by his title-less five-year stint at Ferrari, culminating in yet another disappointing campaign for the start of the new V6 turbo era this season with a sub standard car at his disposal.
McLaren-Honda would be a fresh start and a blank canvas for Alonso’s ambition of adding a third title to his tally as he explained to the BBC, “It is something I am working for and hoping for. It is not that I’m not happy with two but the third puts you in a list of very important names.
“I think I can carry on long enough to win and to be competitive for some good years,” added Alonso. “I don’t know how many – three, five, seven. I don’t think it should be any problem.”
As far as Ferrari test driver and fellow Spaniard Marc Gene is concerned, however, Alonso is perfectly happy at Maranello.
“Si, si [yes, yes],” he told Spanish publications this week. “I think since 2010 we have seen the best of Fernando. In 2010, 2012 or this year his driving is perfect.”
“He is definitely the best driver there is right now in Formula 1; the most complete. And it’s a shame this has not been reflected in more titles – at least two. He deserved them. That said, he is happy at Ferrari; he could not be in a better place,” Gene added. (GMM)