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Old 21 May 2014, 10:23 (Ref:3408580)   #16
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Alonso to Mercedes? The Daimler Chairman has been singing his praises.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28052.html

The possibility is that Rosberg will be released to make way for Alonso. Alonso has been at Ferrari for 5 years with nothing to show for it, or could he end up at McLaren but Ron is now the boss.
I might be completely wrong (it has been known) but I don't think that Alonso could work alongside Hamilton. They don't get on, and Hamilton tends to rub him up the wrong way, possibly intentionally, and I think that any team manager would have serious doubts about putting them together again.
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Old 21 May 2014, 12:42 (Ref:3408639)   #17
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I might be completely wrong (it has been known) but I don't think that Alonso could work alongside Hamilton. They don't get on, and Hamilton tends to rub him up the wrong way, possibly intentionally, and I think that any team manager would have serious doubts about putting them together again.
I'd second you here Mike.
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Old 21 May 2014, 14:31 (Ref:3408688)   #18
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agree about the difficulty of putting two alphas on the same team because neither will settle for being second. i suppose thats an inherent personality conflict but i cant say i have ever read anything about how they dont get along.

since 07 where Alonso's ire seemed to be directed towards Ron and the team and not LH, now they actually seem to get along very well and certainly always speak of one another with great respect.

a few weeks ago they looked like a couple of school kids fooling around during the press conference but thats the daily mail.

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Old 21 May 2014, 15:45 (Ref:3408729)   #19
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As you say, chillibowl, they do appear to get on now, but for the first year or two after Alonso left McLaren, their interaction was not what you would term as cordial.

They may "respect" each other now, but Alonso has made it known in Spain that he actually doesn't have a very high regard for Hamilton's ability. Added to that, you have Hamilton who has been trained in Ron Dennis' School of Mind Games, and you will probably have an explosive mix that would be difficult control. I think that one of the reasons that Hamilton left McLaren, and certainly not the only reason, was because he couldn't dominate Button's mind; he seemed to bed able to just ignore the games, and they slid off him like water off a duck's back.

Alonso, on the other hand, just can't do the same; it is not in his temperament, and he tends to react to situations without thinking of the consequences, although to give him his credit, he has mellowed a little with age.
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Old 21 May 2014, 23:01 (Ref:3408830)   #20
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They only get on at the moment because they have a common hate for the same person.
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Old 22 May 2014, 06:22 (Ref:3408870)   #21
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At this stage of Alonso's career, if he's asked he will go. He wants another chance to win trophies before it's too late. The Hamilton 'factor' won't bother him until they're competing.
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There are more hints that Alonso would like to move on to pastures new.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28087.html

In the short term as in 2015/16 I can only see 2 teams capable of winning championships namely Mercedes and Red Bull.
McLaren might be able in '16 but I suspect it might take another year or two depending on how could the Honda motors are and getting their technical problems sorted.
Ferrari I suspect could take longer to be championship material.

That leaves Alonso with 2 teams who both currently have strong driver lineups that will need to be changed. I am not sure of the drivers contractual situations as to who is out of contract at RB and MB at the end of this year.
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Old 23 May 2014, 09:13 (Ref:3409298)   #23
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It looks like Alonso's possibility of moving to Mercedes has hit the rocks as Rosberg it is believed has signed a new deal.
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/

Meanwhile Ferrari are saying that Alonso has long term commitments to them.
http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28094.html

I suspect that Alonso wants to get into a winning car and is getting frustrated with his current situation.
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Old 4 Aug 2014, 13:54 (Ref:3441389)   #24
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Luca Marmorini who left Ferrari a short time ago looks set to join Renault.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28645.html

It also appears that Jody Eggington recently sacked by Caterham has found a new job at Toro Rosso.
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I'm beginning to think that Alonso may well end up at RB in the next two years. If Vettel can't bounce back I can't see RB keeping him just for their past relationship. Provided Marko doesn't insist on a Toro Rosso driver, Alonso would probably jump at the chance to swap teams to one that has a better chance to win a third (and deserved) championship. Sort of ruins his dreams of ending his career with Ferrari though...
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Old 5 Aug 2014, 06:09 (Ref:3441542)   #26
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I'm beginning to think that Alonso may well end up at RB in the next two years. If Vettel can't bounce back I can't see RB keeping him just for their past relationship. Provided Marko doesn't insist on a Toro Rosso driver, Alonso would probably jump at the chance to swap teams to one that has a better chance to win a third (and deserved) championship. Sort of ruins his dreams of ending his career with Ferrari though...
RBR have royally messed up 2 of Vettel's qualifying sessions that I know of, so at 3 to 6 against Ricc, it becomes 3 to 4; really impressive by Danni Ricc, but not quite as good as it looks at first.

I really doubt RBR have any interest in Alonso, they have a lot of really talented juniors!
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Luca Marmorini is not happy about the way Ferrari is currently being run. No surprises there then.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28691.html
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Luca Marmorini is not happy about the way Ferrari is currently being run. No surprises there then.

http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns28691.html
"Marmorini said he was dismissed by Mattiacci, even though "in three months we saw each other twice -- first for a greeting, the second when he gave me a letter that confirmed my departure from the company"."

WOW, just plain WOW!

This can only work well!
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I see Bob Bell has joined Manor. To me that says they are serious about the future as he has been with some of the top teams in F1 over the years.
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