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