Alonso admits he is unsure of his place on the 2015 F1 grid

9 Comments

Fernando Alonso has admitted that he does not know whether he will be racing in Formula 1 next season as he approaches the exit door at Ferrari.

Alonso was thought to hold the keys to the 2015 driver market, but he was caught by surprise when four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel confirmed last Saturday that he would be leaving Red Bull at the end of the season.

According to Vettel’s current team principal, Christian Horner, he is bound for Ferrari, seemingly as Alonso’s replacement as the Spaniard’s relationship with the Italian team has soured over the past few months.

Alonso has been linked with a move back to McLaren for some time, but following Vettel’s move and Red Bull’s decision to promote Daniil Kvyat into a seat as his replacement, he appears to have very few options if he does not return to the British team.

Speaking to NBCSN’s Will Buxton in the paddock ahead of this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix, Alonso admitted that he does not know if he will be in F1 next season, although he did insist that his future is in the sport.

“My future will be in Formula 1,” Alonso said when asked by Buxton if he would be in F1 next season. When the question was asked again, he replied: “We don’t know.”

This is an interesting admission from Alonso given his stock as one of the most talented drivers in F1. Ultimately, if he has decided that he will do anything for a seat at Mercedes, with the next opportunity coming in 2016 upon the expiration of Lewis Hamilton’s contract, a one-year deal may not be suffice for McLaren, thus forcing him into taking a sabbatical.

On a sombre weekend for Formula 1, the driver market perpetuates in its state of flux as it has done for some time now.

Juncos Racing to field single car entry in Indy 500

Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Part-time NTT IndyCar Series entrant Juncos Racing will announce their attempt to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 within the next few weeks, according to RACER.

The team, which made its Indy 500 debut in 2017, ran 12 of the 17 IndyCar Series races last season, but has only made a start in one of the four events so far in 2019, finishing 18th in the inaugural running of the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas with Kyle Kaiser behind the wheel.

Though no driver has yet to be announced for the single-car entry, Kaiser is expected to be the leading candidate for the ride. The 23-year-old Californian has raced for the team since 2014, where he won the 2017 Indy Lights championship.

One of the top teams in the Road to Indy ladder system, Juncos Racing has over 50 wins between Indy Lights and Indy Pro 2000 competition. The team’s most recent victory came in the second Indy Lights race at St. Petersburg this year with Rinus VeeKay behind the wheel.

Follow Michael Eubanks on Twitter