McLaren set sights on Alonso and Hamilton

Wednesday 25th June 2014

 RSS

Share:

McLaren set sights on Alonso and Hamilton

McLaren set sights on Alonso and Hamilton

The Fernando Alonso to McLaren rumours have resurfaced while reports have also emerged that the team have put feelers out for Lewis Hamilton.

The Woking squad have once again struggled this year and speculation is rife that Jenson Button, who joined the squad from Brawn GP in 2010, is likely to be dropped.

However, McLaren racing director Eric Boullier recently insisted they are likely to offer him a new one-year contract, but the latest reports claim the team are stepping up their attempts to lure Alonso back, which will coincide with their switch to Honda engines next season.

Alonso moved to McLaren in 2007, but he left after just one year at the squad following a fallout with then team principal Ron Dennis.

Telegraph Sport reports that the double World Champion "has become disillusioned with life at Ferrari", but continues that "it remains to be seen whether the Spaniard can be persuaded to join".

The paper further adds that "the team have also opened very tentative dialogue with Lewis Hamilton, in case the psychological scars of this year's title fight at Mercedes become too great. The only circumstances in which Hamilton would leave Mercedes are if he lost out to Nico Rosberg for the Drivers' Championship".

Both Dennis and Button have confirmed that they are not currently in negotiations over a new contract with the 2009 World Champion adding: "It's not necessary to talk about contracts right now because they've got other things to focus on, like making the car quicker."

He added: "We haven't spoken about it. It's always different but it's not something I've pushed. I'm sure if I pushed to sit down and talk about it we would, but I'm not pushing because when it happens it happens. This team need to score good points and I score good points for this team."

Formula 1 Descends On Suzuka

Editor's Picks

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

10 Reasons For Three-Car Teams

What's not to like about three-car teams? Bernie's suggestion has been dismissed by the purists, but it would tighten up the racing...

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Winners & Losers: Singapore

Lewis may have beaten Nico by 33 centimetres on Saturday, but on Sunday he finished 47 laps down the road...

Getting To Know Marchionne

Getting To Know Marchionne

Ferrari fans needn't be worried about Sergio Marchionne - he comes with a pedigree of turning round businesses...

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Highlights Of Luca's Tenure

Luca di Montezemolo is Ferrari through and through, from spending time as Enzo Ferrari's assistant to assuming control in 1991...

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Tin Foil Hats At The Ready

Twice this season Lewis Hamilton has accused Nico Rosberg of deliberately making a mistake. Was Monza number three?