Fernando Alonso annoyed with rumours of Red Bull move

Fernando Alonso has dismissed speculation linking him with a move from Aston Martin to Red Bull and has promised “consequences” for those behind the rumours.

Following last weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix, rumours began to circulate on social media that Alonso could next season be paired with world champion Max Verstappen at the constructors’ champions.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Sao Paulo Grand Prix in Brazil, Alonso has rubbished those rumours while expressing his frustration.

“These rumours are the normal paddock rumours from people that are just trying to make fun of it and gain some followers and this kind of thing, but I’m not into that game,” the two-time world champion said on Thursday.

“I don’t enjoy it (the rumours). All the rumours are coming from people that are not in this room, who are just here to make fun and I think it’s not funny when they play with anything.”

Alonso and Aston Martin’s form was the feel-good story of the opening weeks of the season as the team made a remarkable leap forward from finishing seventh in last year’s constructors’ standings to being Red Bull’s closest challenger.

Serious doubt has been cast on Sergio Perez’s future at Red Bull in recent weeks.

Alonso finished on the podium in six of the first eight races, but the team’s form has fallen away dramatically with the Spaniard managing just two point-scoring displays in the last five Grands Prix, with retirements coming in each of the last two races.

He has fallen to fifth in the drivers’ standings, with Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc both within striking distance with three rounds of the season remaining.

Aston Martin’s poor form, which doesn’t bode well for their 2024 prospects, led some to question how willing Alonso will be to remain with the team, while Sergio Perez’s continued struggles alongside Verstappen have created a possible opening with Red Bull.

Alonso says he is annoyed by his loyalty to Aston Martin being brought into question.

“Of course, that’s the thing they are making,” he added. “But I will make sure there are consequences.”

Aston Martin’s failure this season has been failing to match the development of their rivals at the front of the grid, with Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren – and of course Red Bull – doing a far better job of improving their cars throughout the campaign.

Alonso has been left frustrated by his team’s failure to adequately develop their car.

While Aston Martin took the opportunity of having a traditional race weekend – with three practice sessions – in Mexico to test several elements of the AMR23, Brazil hosting a third Sprint event in four Grands Prix means just one practice session before the cars go into parc ferme at Interlagos.

“We are obviously not as competitive as we wanted,” Alonso said.

“We are trying to get to our best level which is not the one we are showing now. We are analysing some of the upgrades we have brought lately.

“Here in Brazil we have a Sprint format, so maybe it’s a more traditional weekend for us and we are not experimenting as much as the last two. Obviously, we are not happy, (team principal) Mike (Krack) is not happy, no one is happy with the current form.

Alonso insists that the team’s 2023 performance must be seen as an overall success, and expects more benefits from the team’s recent move to their new Silverstone factory to come further down the line.

He added: “This team was 250 people two years ago and now are in this transition to hopefully be a contender for the future – 800 people, new factory, seven podiums this year, 200 points more than last year. All these things which are not the current format.

“We should not be happy but we cannot be too dramatic about the situation when this 2023 campaign has been a super season for us.”

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