FERNANDO ALONSO could find himself back in F1 next year back in a Ferrari seat.
That is if you believe the latest rumours from the gossipy world of the F1 paddock. According to Spanish paper MARCA ,the Asturian two-time world champion, who retired from F1 last year, is being considered for a drive by the Italian giants.
But this depends on whether or not Sebastian Vettel decides to retire or not – far from a foregone conclusion.
Vettel has looked vulnerable on the track this year, with young teammate Charles Leclerc impressing. This has led to rumours that Vettel, who now has a young family, may decide his time is up.
Meanwhile Alonso, who failed to qualify his McLaren for the Indy 500, is now gearing up for the 24 hours of le Mans. He is aiming for his second win in the event, which is also his final drive in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) with Toyota and his objective will be to become WEC champion.
Back in Spain, the Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia (RACC) has put out a plea asking that this year’s Barcelona GP does not turn out to be the last one held in the city.
The future of the event held at the Circuit de Catalunya is in doubt as F1 owner Liberty Media tries to find space in the calendar for new races at Zandvoort and in Vietnam for 2020.
As the uncertainty continues, the RACC has issued a statement saying: “The RACC asks all administrations and the business world to make a unity of action to achieve the renewal of the Formula 1 race.
“We want to keep in our country one of the most important sporting events held every year in the world.”
The club said the Spanish GP contributes €163 million to the economy and 2,700 jobs, and also gives the region and Spain “maximum visibility” in the media.