• Dec 5th 2007 at 5:36PM
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Fernando Alonso, recently let go from the telenovela known as the McLaren F1 Team, is in a bit of a quandary. He's looking for a team that can keep him at the top of the standings, but he only wants to sign a contract for a year. That's because the teams he really wants to join, Ferrari or BMW-Sauber, can't even think of making a move until the end of 2008 (and in Ferrari's case, really until the end of 2009). However, the only teams he's got a chance of signing with -- Renault, Red Bull, or Toyota -- have unresolved situations, aren't winners, and won't accept the one-year contract stipulation.

Enter McLaren, which still has a cockpit open, but no one worthy to fill it. The driver the team really wants, Nico Rosberg, would require the jaws of life to be pried out of his Williams contract. The only pilots left are unknowns or as yet unproven. But the driver market will open up in a year... so if they could just find a proven winner who only wanted a one-year contract... then maybe... just maybe....

And that's how Spanish newspaper Diario As has come to report that Alonso's camp is in talks with Ron Dennis and McLaren about going back to the team. Alonso's people have, incredibly, engaged in the dialog, but have passed McLaren a list of conditions such as allowing Alonso to decide his race strategy. Nobody believes the reunion is actually going to happen, although more outlandish things have occurred in F1. Be that as it may, the fact that it's gotten this far is what puts the silly in silly season.

[Source: F1-Live]

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      • 7 Years Ago

      I hope you are joking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is F1 a soap opera? I don't follow it, but every time I read something on it, it's nothing but rumors, who said what, who did what, etc...
        • 7 Years Ago
        And Nascar isn't?

        When it's not two rednecks pulling punches or banging on each other's cars, it's the two rednecks' wives or pit crew or parents.
      • 7 Years Ago
      who cares, I want Lewis Hamilton in NASCAR.

      He is way too good for open wheel.

      And for all those about to bash NASCAR, its overriding attribute that makes it better than the other pro-circuits is that it centers on the fans, less now than before but still way more than the others.
        • 7 Years Ago
        uhh, is that why when a driver can't cut it or gets fired from Formula 1, they go to Nascar? Or why a driver is viewed as "moving up" when/if he makes it to Formula 1?
        Villeneuve, Montoya, etc, etc, get booted from F1 for not doing a good job, so they move into a harder form of motorsport? Mmmkay. Me thinks you've been drinking some of that KoolAid. Too good for open wheel?
        Going in a circle in a Chevy is harder than a roadcourse, with open wheels, at the higher speeds than Nascar?

        Got it!
        • 7 Years Ago
        You're right.
        That's why it's a "show" and not a "sport". Hamilton would be doing nothing over there...

        (Unless you wait some 20 years until he's lazy and fat...)
        • 7 Years Ago
        MY point was that for his talent and appeal, he would do better in NASCAR, where the benefits (read money) would be better for him.

        As for open wheel and stock car and which is harder, JPM says he has never worked harder than when he is in a NASCAR. which is harder, driving a Porsche full out around the ring or an Omni GLH? With Tony Stewart being the racer he is, if NASCAR was so easy, he would still be in open wheel where there would be a challenge.

        that being said,I prefer a road course race but not one that is decided in qualifying or pit stops. There is less passing in open wheel than in NASCAR. And dont knock it till you try it (driving the oval instead of watching it)

        • 7 Years Ago
        i say replace the stig w/ hamilton as top gear's in-house driver. he could probably knock a few secs off every single car on the list.
        • 7 Years Ago
        McLaren let JPM go! They didn't want to keep him at all. In fact, they couldn't wait to get rid of him.

        McLaren can't deal w/ Latin temperaments. Ron doesn't know how to manage them. I think that the last time he had to deal with that situation was Senna (hot-headed, focused and brilliant) teamed with Prost - who is ever the gentleman.

        If memory serves, Senna took Prost out in the last race and won the championship as he was leading before eliminating himself and Alain.
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLL dude you're HIGHlarious! NASCAR! STOP IT! You're killing me! ROFLMAO
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think the original poster is pretty ridiculous. Having said that, it should be pointed out that JP Montoya moved to NASCAR at a time when McLaren would have been happy to keep him and any other team would have been falling over themselves to sign him. Montoya's main reasons for leaving, as he told it, were that he wasn't having any fun in F1, there wasn't any comraderie in the paddock anymore, and NASCAR was overall a sport with a more positive vibe. F1 and stock car racing both serve very necessary, very different purposes, but you're an idiot if you think people only opt out of F1 because they can't "cut it."
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hamilton in NASCAR?? Can't believe that... sorry mate:
      NASCAR'S for beer guzzling rednecks
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have a friend who works at Renault F1. Stay tuned for announcement.
      • 7 Years Ago
      forgot to mention that Nascar drivers do tend to be old, some fat, and I suppose not as talented more so than lazy. But close.
      In contrast, F1 drivers are young and extremely fit.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Just wait till NASCAR breaks out the new Driver Templates. I can see half the drivers not meeting spec!
      • 7 Years Ago
      He's a rotten apple. I wouldn't want him to spoil my team. Send him on his merry way or try MotoGP since he thinks he can do it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Alonso forgets WHY he won his titles. Yeah he's talented. But talent doesn't cut it. You have to have the car and team behind you. Alonso wanted Ferrari since the beginning. But Jean Todd had a tiff with the spaniard and still holds a grudge. Now that Todd is leaving (left?) Alonso sees a future there. He's being stupid. He'll probably get a chance in the futur to pilot a Ferrari. Let's not forget he's only 26. Alonso, take what you know. Go back to Renault and stop bitchin man. You had some good times.
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