The prospect of Fernando Alonso making a surprise switch of teams to Red Bull has been mooted after his manager was spotted talking to Christian Horner during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
Horner is looking for a replacement for Mark Webber, who is leaving the team at the end of the year. Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo were previously thought to be the most likely candidates.
But Horner did not rule out the possibility of Alonso joining the team when he spoke to media in Hungary:
“There are statements about Kimi and statements about Fernando but we have to make sure nothing clouds our judgment about next year. We want the two fastest drivers we can get who can work collectively together and achieve the best results for the team.
“We want to put the strongest drivers in the cars that we possibly can and Mark leaves some big shoes to fill.”
“We have some great options and we don’t need to rush,” Horner added. “There has not been any pressure that we must take a junior driver. It is a matter of fielding the best team. Of course, the junior drivers are under consideration but there is no prerequisite it has to be one of them.”
One obstacle to Alonso joining the team would be his contract with Ferrari, which was extended in 2011 and runs to 2016.