The silly season has started in Formula 1 and there have been some huge movements. First of all, Sebastian Vettel announced that himself and Scuderia Ferrari have agreed to part ways after the 2020 season. He said that it was a collective decision, but their relationship has been decreasing. Therefore, there was a seat left in a top team and in a team that a lot of drivers wish to drive for them, in other words, Ferrari. Daniel Ricciardo and Carlos Sainz were the two drivers who were most probable to get the Italian drive. Finally, the Spaniard was able to take Sebastian Vettel’s place in Ferrari as he will be teammate of young Monegasque, Charles Leclerc. Carlos Sainz announced his departure from McLaren, leaving Lando Norris as their first driver and Daniel Ricciardo took advantage of the situation, even though he was hoping the Ferrari drive was for him, but the Australian driver left Renault and joined McLaren. Now, Esteban Ocon is the only driver that is already confirmed that will driver for the French team, and there have been speculations about who will be Ricciardo’s replacement. Will it be Nico Hulkenberg? Maybe Sebastian Vettel? Or even Fernando Alonso? Well, in this piece we are going to talk about the possibilities of the return of the two-times world champion, Fernando Alonso, to the category.
Let’s remember that Fernando has good memories with Renault, as he achieved his two world championships with them. He won a total of 17 races with the French team, but a couple of “bad” decisions, like moving to McLaren-Honda, made him go to retire at the end of 2018. Nowadays, the Spaniard has been trying to win the triple crown as it is believed that he will try to win the Indy 500 this year again. Also, Fernando recently post a tweet with a poll saying “imagine” and he listed 4 categories, Formula One included, and, as you may have predicted, F1 was the winner of the poll. Well, in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Flavio Briatore has said that the Spaniard is ready to return to the highest category of motorsport:
“Fernando is motivated. A year out of Formula 1 has done him good. He has detoxed himself and I see him more serene and ready to return.”
The Italian also commented his opinion about the unexpected move of Sebastian Vettel from Ferrari, as Charles Leclerc made his way up into the leadership of the team.
“In F1 it has always been about having the winning recipe. You must have one driver who is focused on the world championship and the other who collects big points, snatching them from rivals.” He said. “Vettel paid for the fact that a very fast boy arrived at the team. It surprised him and the team, as happened at McLaren with Hamilton [in 2007]. Two drivers at the same level in a team eventually risk-taking points off each other.” Commented Briatore.
Flavio said that Ferrari’s move on Carlos Sainz shows that the Italian team is putting all their efforts on Charles Leclerc. Ferrari will try to have a “Hamilton-Bottas”, so Charles is able to have some background to support him, in other words, Carlos Sainz and Ferrari.
“The situation seems clear to me: Ferrari is betting everything on Leclerc, and it is good because, as I had the opportunity to say last year, he is a future star. Similarities with Alonso and Schumacher? You can see the good drivers right away.”
In conclusion, Ferrari seems to be noticeably confident that Charles Leclerc is going to be a world champion with them, as last year, the Italian team and the Monegasque driver reached a long agreement. Do you think Charles will have the possibilities of being world champion with Ferrari? Is Carlos Sainz going to accept the rules of “first and second driver” in the team? Will Fernando Alonso accept the contract that Renault might offer?