The stomach ache Alonso is half the story There is also that of the Ferrari.
Separation tests. The signals are multiplied, the messages are hard to be ignored. Fernando Alonso and Ferrari are to confrontation: the dialogue has become complicated and even if the mutual convenience would suggest to continue this way (there is no driver like Alonso and does not exist, apart from Mercedes, a car that will guarantee immediate title) farewell has become the most plausible solution. A Suzuka in 2009 announced the marriage, Suzuka 2014, October 5, could be critical to making the decision to leave. Ferrari has contacts with Seb Vettel, who looked like a plan B, is becoming the plane A. Alonso is going to convince to marry the project McLaren-Honda (also because Red Bull has other plans) that offers 100 million over three years . Just the amount he had asked the Ferrari. How did we get to this point? So far, the spotlight has been trained on Fernando and his tummy ache: it is described tired of not having a competitive car, convinced that he had done the impossible in these five disappointing years, bewildered after outputs Domenicali and Montezemolo, eager to technical safeguards. All true, but it is only half the story. The other half says that, at one point, Ferrari decided that it could have well done even without the Spaniard. When? Because? Step back. It is also true what was said in July: Alonso and Ferrari had begun to deal with a possible extension of the contract for which Fernando had asked to move from 18 to about 30 million euro per year. A figure that the Ferrari (with Montezemolo) seemed willing to concede. Then in Maranello have changed their minds or, perhaps, have changed in Turin. But the money was not the problem, not the only reason for discord and perhaps even the main one: there are also the “power” within the team related to the choice of men (Alonso, since his arrival, would like to be able to do) and management of the extra F1 activities of the Spaniard, for example, the cycling team (with all the ensuing discussions related to the sponsor). Alonso was heard of no he did not expect, so Singapore has threatened that “when he speaks, someone will be hurt”; the team principal Marco Mattiacci was explicit in his reply, speaking of “an ongoing discussion to redefine the relationship.” It is true, as Marca reports, Fernando does not have to pay penalties to terminate the contract, but that does not make it free. On the contrary: without the approval of Ferrari, Alonso can not go to another team. The point is that the Red Army is now tempted to give the ok: to open a new cycle (with Vettel) and to not keep in the house and unhappy and unwieldy driver. Maranello just want people completely dedicated to the cause.