At the end of 2018, Fernando Alonso stepped away from McLaren and Formula One for good. However, it appeared that Liberty Media realised that the Spaniard could be a real crowd-puller, and wanted him to return to the grid.
To further set their plan in motion, F1’s owners, approached the Red Bull Racing team to enquire about a potential berth at the team for Fernando Alonso. This startling piece of news came from Red Bull motorsport advisor, Dr Helmut Marko. He cheekily described F1 owner Liberty as the new “Alonso managers”.
“We immediately said we have no need for Alonso,” the Red Bull man told Auto Bild. “It doesn’t work because of our engine partner Honda either. They get a headache even if they hear the name Alonso.”
Meanwhile, Red Bull are perfectly satisfied with their current driver lineup of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon. However, Marko confessed that that there is a danger of the team lose Verstappen after 2020.
“We have to give Max a car in 2020 with which he can become world champion. Otherwise he will be gone,” said the Austrian.
“Right now things are really going on behind the scenes. It will be decisive weeks,” Marko added.
What Next for Fernando Alonso?
Meanwhile, coming back to the subject of Fernando Alonso, a return to his former team McLaren also appears unlikely.
“We are convinced that both of our current drivers have the potential to become world champions,” team supremo Zak Brown, referring to Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, told Auto Motor und Sport.
In other words, it is highly likely that Formula One has officially seen the last of Fernando Alonso. The Spanish veteran is happily retired and will now be focusing on achieving the famous Triple Crown of Motorsport.