Rosberg, Alonso, keep ‘silly season’ firing

Mon, 13 August 2007, 01:30

The vague future plans of both Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg look set to spice up the ‘silly season’ as formula one rests in the summer break.

Media reports at the weekend said both drivers could be on the move at the end of the season, with Williams’ impressive Rosberg, who is 22 and the son of 1982 world champion Keke, possibly filling the McLaren seat of disgruntled reigning world champion Alonso.

The German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said Rosberg to McLaren, a transfer that would be worth millions of dollars to the German’s current employer Sir Frank Williams, is currently a “hot rumour” in formula one circles.

Alonso and BMW-Sauber, meanwhile, are tipped to be interested in each other for 2008; sparking the frenzied attention of the 26-year-old’s former manager and Renault boss, Flavio Briatore.

The Spanish newspaper Marca confidently reports that the Italian, who is currently holidaying off the coast of Sardinia, plans to personally meet with Alonso at the upcoming Turkish grand prix.

‘Marca’ said Briatore was planning to pair Nelson Piquet Jr with Heikki Kovalainen for 2008 “until in his motorhome in Hungary he had the unexpected visit of Luis Garcia Abad”, who the current McLaren driver’s manager, and also Alonso’s father Jose.

The trio subsequently met for a second time at the Hungaroring a little over a week ago, the newspaper added.

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