Briatore: Alonso not tempted to leave Ferrari
4 August 2013 – Flavio Briatore says that Fernando Alonso is not tempted to leave Ferrari for Red Bull next year, and that the Spaniard’s comments about wanting ‘someone else’s car’ were nothing out of the ordinary when considering the mindset of competitive drivers.
With both Red Bull and Alonso refusing to quash rumours of a potential move, speculation regarding the Spaniard's future reached a head in the days after the Hungarian Grand Prix, with Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo also issuing a firm rebuke to his driver. Nevertheless, Briatore, who acts as Alonso’s manager, remains confident that the two-time champion will remain at the Maranello-based outfit for the foreseeable future.
In an interview in Gazzetta dello Sport, the Italian said: "Fernando has a contract and contracts must be respected. There is no temptation [to leave Ferrari] whatsoever. It's normal for a racing driver to desire a competitive car and the team must work hard to supply it. End of story.
"Alonso has never said he wants to leave. Ferrari and Alonso remain a winning pairing. He just needs to have a car that allows him to start from the top two rows.”
Briatore also brushed aside observations that his driver would struggle if placed alongside a tougher team-mate such as Sebastian Vettel, instead pinning the blame on McLaren for the difficult year endured by Alonso when he was partnered with Lewis Hamilton in 2007.
"Fernando has never had problems racing with anyone else," he claimed. "He's like Senna in that respect. Ayrton would say 'put anyone next to me', and that's what Alonso is like. McLaren did everything to create confusion. A top team must be able to manage two strong drivers."