'Alonso not tempted by Red Bull'

Saturday 03-August-2013 07:10

Fernando Alonso has never said he wants to leave Ferrari, according Flavio Briatore, the head of his management team.

Last time out in Hungary, rumours emerged claiming that the double World Champion was considering a move to Red Bull Racing as Mark Webber's replacement.

The speculation gathered momentum when Alonso voiced his frustrations in the wake of the Budapest race only for Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo to hit back.

However, it appears all is well over at Maranello with Briatore adamant Alonso is not going anywhere.

"Fernando has a contract and contracts must be respected," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Alonso has never said he wants to leave. Ferrari-Alonso remains a winning pairing."

Asked whether Alonso was even tempted to join Red Bull, the Italian said: "No. No temptation whatsoever."

Briatore, though, did concede that it is up to Ferrari to ensure that the Spaniard is never tempted to look elsewhere.

"It's normal for a racing driver to desire a competitive car and the team must work hard to supply it. End of story.

"He needs to have at his disposal a car that allows him to start from the top two rows.

"We knew it would be tough in Hungary, as it was when I was (team boss) at Renault. They need to quickly find the instruction manual at Maranello."

Heading into the summer break, Alonso is third in the Drivers' Championship, 39 points behind Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

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