Alonso has ‘idea’ about 2008 plans

Mon, 29 October 2007, 01:51

Fernando Alonso may have settled on his ideal plans for the 2008 season.

The Spaniard, who thanked his countrymen for their support in his home town of Oviedo at the weekend, told local media that he is still waiting to know if he is going to honour his McLaren contract next year or switch to a rival team.

“I know what I want to do, but I do not know if it will be possible,” he said, according to the Spanish broadcaster Telecinco.

The latest rumour is that Alonso, who spent an acrimonious season at McLaren in 2007, could be negotiating with Williams about a single-year contract.

Renault is pushing for a three year deal, and Flavio Briatore is reported to have travelled to Brazil recently for talks with a major potential Hispanic sponsor who could help bankroll Alonso’s return to the team.

“The options are open and everything is to be negotiated,” Alonso is quoted as saying, presumably referring to the need to end his ongoing contractual ties to Ron Dennis’ outfit.

“I have an idea, a desire, about what I want to do. We will have to find out,” the 26-year-old added.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, meanwhile, continued to downplay suggestions that Alonso could be part of the Italian team’s plans for the future.

Asked about Alonso’s plans for next season, Montezemolo said at a team event in Mugello: “I do not have the faintest idea and I am certainly not going to comment.”

Kimi Raikkonen also seemed uninterested in the topic, despite McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton telling reporters at the weekend that the Finn would be a “cool” teammate for the future.

“Whether Alonso stays at McLaren or leaves, we do not care too much about it,” he said.

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