Alonso agent meets Red Bull chiefs – report

Thu, 8 November 2007, 12:18

Red Bull Racing is still in the running to secure the services of Fernando Alonso in 2008, according to reports on Thursday.

Timo Glock’s near-confirmed seat at Toyota has effectively ended speculation that the Japanese team could welcome the Spaniard, who has split with McLaren after a single acrimonious season in 2007.

Williams, meanwhile, announced its driver lineup on Wednesday, leading some observers to surmise that Renault – pooling an impressive band of sponsors in anticipation of the news – is now the only real option for double world champion Alonso next year.

But according to the Spanish daily newspaper Diario As, the 26-year-old’s manager Luis Garcia Abad on Wednesday met in Madrid with Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz and also Gerhard Berger, the Toro Rosso co-owner.

Mark Webber and David Coulthard have contracts to stay at Red Bull Racing next year, while the Berger co-owned junior team announced that it intends to field Sebastian Vettel alongside multiple Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais in 2008.

Rumour has it that Bourdais could be asked to spend one final season in the United States so that Coulthard can switch to Toro Rosso, thus vacating a seat at the senior team for Alonso.

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