Fernando Alonso has said that his future is not Ferrari’s decision as he looks increasingly likely to return to McLaren for the 2015 season.
The Spaniard’s next move has been speculated for some time, but he is poised to leave Maranello after five years of unfulfilled potential to make room for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Vettel has already confirmed that he will be leaving Red Bull at the end of the year, and although Alonso’s future is not yet publicly known, his path does appear to be set.
In 18 races this year, Alonso has outqualified Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen on 16 occasions, prompting NBCSN’s Will Buxton to ask Alonso if Ferrari was getting rid of the wrong driver.
“I think it is not Ferrari’s decision,” Alonso replied.
In qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix today, Alonso finished the session in eighth place, but feels that this is all Ferrari was able to manage. His time was just 0.05 seconds shy of fifth place on the grid, though.
“We didn’t have any expectations to be honest,” he said. “We were seventh and eighth this morning in free practice, we are eighth and tenth now. We are more or less around those positions.
“We arrived with just one set of tires in Q3 so we just tried to maximize the set. The lap was good. Obviously with one-tenth you can be fifth or tenth, we are eighth and tenth so we could be a little bit more lucky there, but I think we are where we deserve to be.”
You can watch the Brazilian Grand Prix live on CNBC from 10:30a ET tomorrow.