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GP Week : Issue 211
With the news that sebastian Vettel will join Ferrari at the end of the year, speculation that Fernando Alonso would be on the move hit fever pitch at suzuka on saturday. Reports suggest that the spaniard has signed a multi-year deal with Honda, which would, presumably, see him at McLaren in 2015. But when Alonso spoke to journalists, he cast some doubt on what deal, if any, had been done. “I have not yet decided completely,” he said. “You know I have a plan in my head, I’ve had my mind set for the last two or three months. “I have a privileged position because I can more or less choose where I want to go when I want to go. “I’ve gained that respect in so many years especially in the last five with Ferrari. “some of the movements we see now is because of what I’ve decided. “so let’s wait a little bit and clear completely my last doubts and I’ll tell you where I’ll go.” One alternative suggestion is that Alonso has signed with Honda but will take a sabbatical year before returning to F1 in 2016. Another quite intriguing rumour – and that is all it is – suggests that Alonso’s long-time F1 manager Flavio Briatore is interested in a return to the sport and may be talking to cash-strapped Lotus about a buy-in. Lotus is, of course, scheduled to get Mercedes engines for 2015. Could Fernando be part of such a project? Intriguingly, one of sutton Images photographers happened to snap Alonso's business manager Luis Garcia Abad chatting with Federico Gastaldi, Lotus F1 Team Deputy Team Principal (below) at the weekend. Discussing the weather, no doubt? F1 >>> nEWs fernandO: Mclaren, sabbatical, Or ... 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: