Double world champion Fernando Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad is reported to have met Red Bull team Principal Christian Horner over a possible move for the Spaniard.
Although Ferrari and Alonso were quick to state that they have a 'water-tight' contract, Alonso's cheeky remark for a faster race car as a birthday gift, and Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo's public rebuking of the Spaniard following his remarks, have fanned the flames further.
Alonso was quoted by the Italian press saying he would like a faster car for his birthday while he told English journalists that Ferrari had produced new parts at recent races that were not working.
This drew an immediate reaction from Ferrari, with an article on their website having this to state: "That was a reference to the latest comments from Fernando Alonso, which did not go down well with Montezemolo, nor with anyone in the team. So, when Montezemolo called the Spaniard this morning to wish him a happy birthday, he also tweaked his ear."
The Spaniard, who was Formula One's youngest double World Champion after winning back to back titles in 2005 and 06, has been bested by Sebastien Vettel for the past three years, and the current season seems no different for both him and Ferrari.
RedBull team Principal Christian Horner has refused to deny that he is in talks with Alonso over the seat, stating to the BBC: "Any conversation between any of the drivers or parties is going to remain confidential, but of course there are quite a lot of drivers who have expressed interest in the seat, as you can imagine."
Alonso, who has changed teams five times in his career, has expressed his appreciation of Red Bull and their winning streak on more than one occasion. Alonso, has been doing the bulk of Ferrari's point scoring these past three years, with team mate Felipe Massa, struggling to reach his best again.
If this does happen, it would be interesting to see how Alonso copes with Vettel under the same garage. The last time he had issues with his team mate, Alonso had to leave McLaren and revert to Renault again, in 2008.
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