Bosses say no to early Alonso switch theory

With the 'silly season' in high gear at Spa, one solution floated to solve the problem of the sluggish Luca Badoer was to speed up Fernando Alonso's switch to the Italian team. Giancarlo Fisichella is mentioned as the more probable solution for...

With the 'silly season' in high gear at Spa, one solution floated to solve the problem of the sluggish Luca Badoer was to speed up Fernando Alonso's switch to the Italian team.

Giancarlo Fisichella is mentioned as the more probable solution for Monza and beyond, but with almost the entire paddock now believing the Spaniard Alonso is bound for the team in 2010, it was reported by an Italian newspaper that he will simply complete the move several months early.

Interestingly in Ferrari's post-race press release, team boss Stefano Domenicali pointed out that Felipe Massa is currently in Miami, where on Monday he will undergo a medical check.

Referring to the struggling Badoer, he added: "We will take a few days to evaluate his immediate future, also based on what Felipe's recovery time might be."

Asked about the report of an early move for Alonso, Domenicali told reporters in Belgium: "I just heard about that one now."

Pressed to confirm that the story is incorrect, he added: "Yes."

Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport also said after the Belgian Grand Prix that Alonso's current boss Flavio Briatore of Renault "categorically denied the Alonso theory".

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Luca Badoer , Felipe Massa , Flavio Briatore
Teams Ferrari