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GP Week : Issue 213
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden email@example.com CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Luca Martini PUBlIShER Chris Lambden email@example.com PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton firstname.lastname@example.org n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) email@example.com n Richard Partridge firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) ALONSO: HONDA OR ... AUDI? The latest instalment in the ‘Where Will Fernando Alonso Drive?’ involves Audi – and possibly, Le Mans. The Spaniard would reveal only that he has a “ver y ambitious plan” for 2015 and beyond and speculation is high that his future may not be as many have expected. The favourite to secure his ser vices nex t season remains McLaren and Honda but there are growing suggestions that he is seeking only a one-year deal – primarily to assess whether Honda is ready to challenge Mercedes-Benz for the championship but possibly because of the Audi link. The German make recently recruited Stefano Domenicali to its motorsport program, the former Ferrari team principal starting a new role on November 1. That has led to speculation that Audi was planning a Formula 1 program, with the earliest date possible to enter GP racing in 2016. Should that be the case, it is not impossible that Alonso could re-join Domenicali, with whom he has a close relationship, and drive for Audi at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship nex t year – presumably before spearheading the company’s move to GP racing the following season. When asked whether he could at least confirm his presence in F1 next season, Alonso said last week, “I cannot say categorically anything,” but added that people would be “excited” by what he would be doing. Should Audi be headed to GP racing, it would almost cer tainly mean the end of the company’s WEC or DTM programs, or both. As for how Audi would arrive in F1, the company has long-es tablished links with Red Bull, which has two GP teams carrying its colours ... At the same time, the rumour reported here some weeks ago – involving a Briatore/Alonso buy-in to the Lotus team, just doesn’t want to go away. We can’t wait, presumably until af ter Abu Dhabi, to find out ... 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: