Italian-Canadian executive and Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne told Sky Sports in Italy that any interest Spanish driver Fernando Alonso had in a return to the team he left back in 2014 would not be replicated:
“Maybe he might have some interest for us, not us for him.” – Sergio Marchionne said, as reported by Sky Sports ahead of the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix. The Ferrari CEO comments mean that the top three teams on the grid have all now effectively shut the door on signing the former Formula One world champion when his McLaren contract expires at the end of the current season. Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has repeatedly played down the prospect of pairing Fernando Alonso with Lewis Hamilton, while Red Bull have Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen under firm contracts for 2018.
Scuderia Ferrari are the one leading team with neither of their current drivers signed up for the next Formula 1 championship, but Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne has also made it clear that the Maranello team would be very happy if Sebastian Vettel decides to continue with the Italian side for the following seasons, while Kimi Raikkonen’s future with Ferrari remains for the moment uncertain.