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Briatore eyeing Lotus swop for Alonso?

2014-09-25 11:29

SEAT SWOP? Could Fernando Alonso's career at Ferrari end with a seat swop at Lotus? Image: AFP / Mohd Rasfan

MARANELLO, Italy - Rumours about Fernando Alonso's future at Ferrari are continuing to run wild in the week after the 2014 Singapore Formula 1 GP (Sept 21).

Italy's respected La Gazzetta dello Sport claimed the disgruntled Spaniard had told the crisis-struck Maranello men he intended to leave.

Reportedly, this followed Alonso's behind-the-scenes demands about his willingness to see out the remaining two years of his Ferrari contract.

RUMOURED DEMANDS

La Gazzetta said Alonso had placed a number of conditions on his continuation, including a new cash bonus system based on his championship points that could boost his salary equivalent to R1.45-billion over the next three years and, the newspaper said, if Ferrari failed to reach certain performance milestones through 2015 another of Alonso's demands was that he would be free to leave at any point.

It's said Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci, who may subsequently have been in contact with Sebastian Vettel, has not agreed to Alonso's rumoured demands. The latest wild twist in the sensational Alonso rumours is that Flavio Briatore, still involved in the 33-year-old driver's career and the former team boss, was opening the door for a Lotus seat in 2015.

Sport Bild claimed the deal was tied up with reports of Canadian fashion billionaire Lawrence Stroll's new interest in buying the struggling team. He would, reportedly, finance the Alonso deal as well as pay for F1-leading Mercedes engines for the currently Renault-powered team.

Frenchman Jules Bianchi, a leading Ferrari academy driver and current Marussia racer, was named as another possible successor to a departed Alonso.

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