Flavio Bri­a­tore sure that Fer­nando Alonso will not head to Mercedes next year

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Fer­nando Alonso will not be join­ing Mercedes as a re­place­ment for the re­tir­ing Nico Ros­berg, ac­cord­ing to the Spa­niard’s man­ager Flavio Bri­a­tore.

Bri­a­tore has been part of Alonso’s man­age­ment team through­out his F1 ca­reer. He said last week that Alonso wasn’t in the run­ning for the seat with the Sil­ver Ar­rows, de­spite Mercedes’ Toto Wolff say­ing he had con­sid­ered the two-time world cham­pion.

Bri­a­tore told Gazzetta dello Sport: “How is it, when­ever a seat be­comes avail­able, Fer­nando’s name is al­ways men­tioned?

“But there is a con­tract [with Mclaren] and we re­spect it.”

Alonso has form of ter­mi­nat­ing con­tracts early when op­por­tu­ni­ties arise. He ended his Fer­rari deal two years early to join the Mclaren-honda re­vival in 2015. But Bri­a­tore said that came as a re­sult of a long-stand­ing deal with Fer­rari.

“The sit­u­a­tion [at Fer­rari] was dif­fer­ent and we had an agree­ment with [then Fer­rari pres­i­dent, Luca di] Mon­teze­molo that if we didn’t win the ti­tle in 2014, we would be free to leave,” added Bri­a­tore.

“Luca kept his prom­ise. It’s true that we were of­fered a three-year re­newal, but we re­fused.”

Bri­a­tore (left): Alonso to stay

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