Thursday, October 23, 2008

What next Alonso?

Alonso must be the most unlucky driver in the history of F1. Currently he is the best driver on track and he brings in all the technical expertise that Schumi used to do it for Ferrari. Well Renault is no small team and he did win 2 world titles with the team and he beat none other than the Schumi led Ferrari twice. Even Mika never beat Schumi twice as he was challenging Irvine one season after Schumi was injured.

Looking at the options Alonso has for the next season, it is very limited. Ferrari has both drivers contracted till 2010 while BMW seats are open only from 2010. I don’t think Alonso is interested in Toyota while Honda looks like an option. With Brawn and Button, Honda does on paper looks a good prospect, but when you look at their performance over the last few years, they always claim that the next season would be theirs and so far they have failed to inspire and this season they are just above Force India in the championships.

STR could be a surprise option for Alonso as the Adrian Newey designed car with Ferrari engines has proved this season with a good driver (Vettel), the car can give everyone a run for their money and this could be a stop gap solution for Alonso before he could make his dream move to Ferrari or even BMW. Another option for him is to be with Renault as they seem to have improved a lot over the last few races and well they could provide Alonso with a car which could seriously challenge Ferrari, McLaren and BMW the next season.

Also the emergence of baby Schumi (Vettel) and the good performance of Kubica would hurt Alonso’s chances of getting into Ferrari post 2010. But with a huge Spanish sponsor moving from McLaren to Ferrari, well that could be a reason why Ferrari may want him plus a lot depends on how Kimi and Massa performs during the next season. Ideally a dream team of any of Vettel and Kubica/Alonso would make Ferrari invincible for the years to come. As far Alonso, well his best bet is to stay with Renault or just move to STR for a season and just keep racing till Ferrari calls him.

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