Report – Alonso to BMW in 2009

Tue, 28 August 2007, 10:55

Fernando Alonso could emerge in a BMW-Sauber cockpit in 2009, according to reports.

The German newspaper Express claims that, while the Hinwil based team’s race lineup is already sealed for next year, Spaniard Alonso is in boss Mario Theissen’s sights for the season after.

Alonso, 26, is clearly unhappy at McLaren, where he signed a three-year contract covering 2007-2009.

But ‘Express’ said Alonso’s manager, Luis Garcia-Abad, had recently been negotiating with both BMW-Sauber and Renault after uncovering a loophole in the McLaren contract.

While McLaren escaped formal sanctions in the recent World Motor Sport Council meeting, the team was actually found in breach of article 151c of the International Sporting Code — a scenario that arguably voids Alonso’s deal.

The Alonso-to-BMW rumour also coincides with Theissen’s refusal recently to confirm whether Nick Heidfeld’s new contract with the team extends beyond 2008.

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