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Red Bull will not be signing Alonso for 2020

It’s no news that Fernando Alonso, the two-time Formula One champion formally retired from F1 racing after the 2018 season. He had an excellent 17 year run in the sport. But if rumours are to be believed, he might return to F1 racing in the 2020 season.

Everyone who bets on Formula 1 racing and keenly follows the motor sports betting odds would tread cautiously regarding this possibility. Although it’s not a priority for the talented 37-year-old Spanish racer, he has stated in interviews that he might consider a comeback if a good opportunity presents itself, preferably with one of the top 3 constructors.

Red Bull Racing have said, ‘NO’

When we talk about the top 3 teams, we are essentially referring to Red Bull Racing, Ferrari and Mercedes. Of these 3, Red Bull have categorically declined having any plans of signing Alonso for the 2020 season.

In the light of the fact that Pierre Gasly has severely underperformed for them in the ongoing season, and the rumors that he might be replaced once the season ends, Helmut Marko, the Red Bull Racing team manager and Christian Horner, the team principal have confirmed the 23-year-old Frenchman’s presence at the club at least till the end of the 2019 season. They also specified that he’ll need to deliver excellent performances in the remaining races of the season to have any chance of returning to the team in 2020.

As per Marko, Alonso’s representatives had reached out to Red Bull regarding his availability for the 2020 season, but the response of the team was a ‘No’. It’s also worth noting that Lewis Hamilton also recently hinted at a possible move to Red Bull knowing that there was a seat available.

Sour past relationship with RBR and Honda could be the reason

Red Bull Racing didn’t have a very cordial relationship with Alonso last time they were engaged with each other. The Spaniard even went on to claim that he was offered a contract till the end of the 2019 season, which Red Bull Racing denied. In fact, Alonso claimed that RBR had offered him 6 contracts in total. This was after Horner had mentioned that the Spaniard is known to cause a bit of chaos whichever team he joins. Alonso had urged Horner to apologise to him after making that claim.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that Red Bull is now powered by Honda and during Alonso’s time at McLaren from 2015 to 2018, they had used Honda engines only. The Japanese manufacturer’s relationship with both Alonso and McLaren deteriorated considerably during those years, and they wouldn’t like to work with either of them again. So much so that Honda didn’t even supply engines to McLaren for Indianapolis 500, which eventually proved to be a major disaster for the team after they used Chevrolet’s.

Not just that, Alonso had badmouthed Honda multiple times during his three-year stint at McLaren, often referring to their offering as a ‘GP2 engine’. Quite notably, Alonso was forced to retire 22 times in his 56 races with McLaren and never managed to finish any race higher than in 5th place.

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