McLaren tempt Alonso with $32 million deal

Fernando Alonso on the move?

Fernando Alonso on the move?

Despite Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci repeating, albeit unofficially, that the team’s driver line-up for next year will remain the same, reports are emerging that today – 1 September – a performance related clause in Fernando Alonso’s contract may allow the Spaniard to leave Maranello and take up a $32 million contract with McLaren.

Ferrari are not in a position to confirm news of their 2015 driver line-up during the weekend of their home Italian Grand Prix at Monza, where they would receive maximum PR mileage.

“There will be no announcement at Monza with regards to the drivers,” Mattiacci is quoted by Autosprint, “because there’s nothing to announce.”

He says that is because Alonso and Raikkonen are already under contract for 2015. Technically this is a fact, but Auto Motor und Sport claims that September 1 could change everything.

Will Fernando Alonso remain a Ferrari driver beyond 2014?

Will Fernando Alonso remain a Ferrari driver beyond 2014?

Correspondent Michael Schmidt cited internal sources as confirming that Alonso’s contract contains a clause that opens the potential exit to the Spaniard if he is not within 25 points of the championship leader on September 1.

Prior to Monza, Alonso is actually closer to 100 points behind Mercedes‘ Nico Rosberg. It doesn’t mean Alonso will jump at the chance to leave, but Telegraph newspaper reports that – despite their history – McLaren chief Ron Dennis has made an astonishing offer of $32 million per year to Alonso.

The report said Dennis, although having spectacularly fallen out with Alonso in 2007, has spoken with Alonso about the Spaniard’s return to Woking to head the new Honda-powered project, however Alonso might be alarmed by the latest reports emerging from Japan.

The reports suggest Honda, returning to Formula 1 in 2015 after a six-year absence, is currently far behind the performances achieved by leading engine supplier Mercedes as it works on its all-new turbo V6 turbo power unit for McLaren. (GMM)