In the wake of Sergio Marchionne’s exit from Ferrari, it could open the doors for a return for Fernando Alonso. The Italian boss has been a vital cog in the company’s success.
But lately, he has suffered health problems following a surgery. So, Ferrari have appointed ex-Marlboro executive Louis Camilleri in his place.
The two-time world champion left the famous Italian constructor for McLaren in 2015. He had hoped that the Woking-based outfit would be able to offer a bigger challenge.
Sadly, that gamble has blown up in Alonso’s face as he endured nearly four frustrating seasons. His best finish for the British outfit has been fifth. He suffered another forgettable weekend at the German Grand Prix with his 20th DNF for the team.
The Woking squad hoped to be closer to the front of the grid after switching to Renault engines. Currently, they lie seventh of 10 teams in the constructors standings.
As a result of their poor showing, rumour has it that Alonso could retire from F1. This could be in order to focus on his World Endurance Championship commitments. The only way the 36-year-old could be persuaded to stay would be to get a more competitive seat in F1.
But, with Mercedes locking in Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, that door is closed. Meanwhile, Daniel Ricciardo is set to re-sign with Red Bull, who also have Max Verstappen committed for the long term.
So, the only realistic option is a return to Ferrari alongside Sebastian Vettel. Kimi Raikkonen is entering the twilight of his career and this is a golden opportunity for Alonso.
Marchionne was dead against the possibility of an Alonso return to Maranello. But former F1 driver Martin Brundle believes the veteran will be calling the shots after the team’s shake-up at the top.
“I’m very sorry to hear that Sergio Marchionne, the Ferrari boss, is very unwell and not returning,” Brundle said.
“This will have a big impact on the imminent direction of Ferrari and probably F1 too.
“I’m pretty sure that Fernando Alonso will be having a word with the new boss Louis Camilleri in one last desperate attempt to regain a winning car.
“Judging by his on-track performance and radio transmissions in Hockenheim he’s at the end of his tether otherwise.”