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2014-09-22 08:14

MAKE IT STOP! Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has his hands full with rumours. Now Honda is making things worse as it plans to charm the star at the 2014 Japanese GP in October. Image: AFP / Toshifumi Kitamura

SINGAPORE, Malaysia - Even in the midst of Fernando Alonso's anger and warnings, rumours about his future just will not go away.

Speaking with foreign-language reporters on the eve of the 2014 Singapore F1 GP, the Spaniard flew into a rage when faced with the latest wild speculation about his impending Ferrari exit.

Hinting that the leaks were coming from within Maranello, Alonso had said on Thursday: "If I do say something, I will do it in a few weeks, and somebody will not like what it is."

NO STOPPING THE RUMOURS

Still, the rumours keep coming... the latest are being heard from the Japanese corners of the paddock, just two weeks ahead of the country's own GP at Suzuka.

Suzuka, of course, is owned by Honda, which has repeatedly been linked to a big-money effort to sign Alonso to McLaren for 2015 as the highly anticipated works F1 collaboration kicks off.

Speed Week reports that Japanese sources are saying Honda is prepared to "move mountains" behind the scenes at Suzuka early in October to convince Alonso to leave Ferrari. The report said Honda was apparently fully prepared to buy out the remainder of his lucrative Ferrari contract to make it happen.

'NO FERNANDO, NO FERRARI'

Crisis-struck Ferrari, however, having already parted with big names such as Stefano Domenicali, Luca Marmorini and Luca di Montezemolo during 2014 will not want to lose Alonso as well.

"Without Fernando Alonso," Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda was quoted as saying, "Ferrari would be nowhere."

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