We had a quiet week but the rumours are now back and with vengeance. The day began mildly with news coming out of Spyker’s Adrian Sutil:
“Several (teams) have shown interest in me. The question is: will one agree? And then it’s whether it’s something I want. Naturally none says: drive for me. Each team inquires very carefully. There have already been many discussions. But my contract with Spyker also applies to 2008. If a move is possible into a top ten, then I must speak with Colin Kolles. But I am also motivated to move Spyker forward. However there has been contact with three other teams but naturally I may not say who they are.”
Not surprising, though a bit erratic at times, Sutil did manage to put his talents on display few times this year, most remarkably in final free practice in Monaco, where he was fastest in the wet. His last race in Spa, with a bit more competitive Spyker was another proof that he may mean business. Will be difficult for Spyker to keep him if the right offer lands on the table.
Now the major rumour of the day – Alonso to Ferrari, Massa to Toyota. Hm, this would be interesting. Few expect Alonso to race more than next 3 races for McLaren, the relations there seem to be broken beyond any chance of repair. Ferrari would haven cash to pay McLaren for Alonso softening their pain caused by the 100mil fine. Massa’s position in Ferrari may not be 100% solid in case Jean Todt, father of Massa’s manager, retires. Toyota needs some new blood to replace Ralf. So, all this may make some sort of sense. But to me there is one point that makes no sense at all. How would Ferrari handle Alonso next to Raikkonen in one team ? The main point why Alonso is not happy in McLaren is his non existent number 1 status. Why would he want to join a team where Raikkonen would be his team mate ? Why would Ferrari want to rock their own ship by bringing Alonso in instead of so far loyal Massa ? Makes no sense to me, but what makes sense in F1 these days… Anything is possible…
Read also: Driver Rumours 2008 Part 6