Despite dropping Sergio Perez for young Dane Kevin Magnussen in 2014, McLaren could still be looking at bringing back Fernando Alonso for the return of Honda a year later it is reported.
Indeed the McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh skipped the prestigious Autosport awards on Sunday night to be in Madrid for an exhibition of the double world champion's racing memorabilia, sending Managing Director Johnathon Neale to pick up an award celebrating the team's 50th anniversary.
Once in Madrid, Whitmarsh was among a number of F1 personalities photographed with Alonso at the exhibition, other well known faces included former Renault boss Flavio Briatore and his current boss at Ferrari Stefano Domenicali.
According to the Daily Mail correspondent Johnathon McEvoy, Whitmarsh is looking to form lines of communication to the 32-year-old.
The report came a day after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone expressed his disappointment in the Ferrari driver claiming he "gave up" during the season.
"I thought he gave up a little bit which is proof that he was looking for another team," Ecclestone wrote in the foreword to the official 2013 season review.
Meanwhile Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad denied some talk that a pre-contract had already been agreed between the two sides.
"What you're saying is Formula One fiction," Abad, also in Madrid, told Spanish radio Marca.
"You cannot have two signed contracts, as when you sign one, you must notify the body that controls it. So it is technically impossible.
"And an unsigned agreement is not an agreement."
Asked if he believed his driver would see out his contract with Ferrari, which runs until 2016, Abad added: "Fernando has said the same this year in three press conferences in different languages."
The speculation comes after a turbulent year between the Spaniard and the Ferrari year, indeed Alonso was publicly rebuked by team President Luca di Montezemolo after comments he made at the Hungarian Grand Prix and will also lose his number 1 status in the team as he fights with Kimi Raikkonen at the team in 2014.
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