Audi could join F1 with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel

When it was announced earlier this year that Stefano Domenicali would be leaving his role as Ferrari boss after serving the team for so long, it was expected that the longtime Ferrari loyalist would take some time away from Formula One and this belief was compounded when he took a job at German manufacturers Audi that has completely decimated the opposition in the 24 Hours Le Mans circuit using their diesel hybrid cars in the last decade.

But it now seems that Domenicali will indeed be making his return to the sport with the all new Audi F1 team and one team protégé Fernando Alonso behind the wheels.

According to reports, Alonso has declined to race a Mercedes powered car in the 2015 season and according to various sources, if he doesn’t get a one year rolling contract with the new Honda powered McLaren in 2015, he will decide to sit out of the sport for one year before making a return with the new Audi F1 team in 2016.

The rumors in WEC also indicate Audi will leave the sport altogether under pressure from Volkswagen and Porsche, the owner of the mark to give Porsche a free run in the WEC.

Audi will need to make an announcement regarding its intentions about the future and whether it plans to join Haas F1 in 2016. But perhaps the biggest gain for this Audi F1 team will be securing the services of Fernando Alonso, if rumors are to be believed.

The Spaniard will leave Ferrari at the end of the current season after growing frustrated at the team’s lack of direction and performance and Fernando Alonso believes that the powerful hybrid engines of Audi is the force he needs to get back to the top of the echelon in Formula One.

Fernando Alonso looking forward to joining his new team in the next season

The double world champion, Fernando Alonso has not had a very satisfying season this time around for his team Ferrari. He has failed to win any of the major races although the expectations from him were sky high. Somehow he has not been able to cope up with the team and lead them to victory. Numerous technical and personal difficulties have led to his undoing. The last race at Suzuka did not bring forth any good news for the driver either. He seemed to be out of sorts and lacked the exuberance and confidence that is so characteristic of him. The Ferrari team had earlier notified him that they are planning for a change in their ranks in the next season. Fernando Alonso himself seemed keen on moving out as well and he was considering a deal with McLaren who is another super power that has failed to deliver the goods this season.

There has been some ongoing dispute about the length of the contract that Alonso is going to sign with McLaren. He might be considering another move to Mercedes at the end of 2015 season and he has kept his intentions quite clear. His one year stint promises to be a good one for the driver as well as the team. Ferrari on the other hand will be signing up Sebastian Vettel from Red Bull Racing as a replacement for Fernando Alonso. A number of rumors are doing the rounds but the contracts have not yet been prepared or signed for the next season. With the present season coming to an end, each of the teams are looking forward to strengthen their position in the upcoming season. The plans for the new year are in full flow and this is no different for Alonso himself.

Williams looking to claim their lost glory

Sir Frank Williams and Patrick Head were the main figures who were responsible for the foundation of the Williams Formula One racing team and their debut was in the year 1977. Over the years the cars have used engines from some of the leading companies. However the strongest point of the team is their research and the use of advanced engineering goods has helped in escalating their performance on the track. A number of legendary drivers have been associated with the team. The new force in their ranks is obviously the presence of Pat Symonds who is hungry to make an impact with his new team. He may be at the twilight of his career but he is determined to help the Williams team become a formidable force once again. The squad has failed to win any major championships in the last few years and their position in the table of constructor’s has been on the decline. It has been almost a year that Symonds has been associated with this team and he believes that his contribution has been mainly in increasing the communication between various departments and getting the best people together to ensure a good performance when it matters the most.

The Singapore Grand Prix is being considered as one of the best performances by the Williams performance chief Rob Smedley since he has taken over the job. Felipe Massa claimed the fifth position while his teammate Valtteri Bottas failed to score any points but showed promise of doing so throughout. However his tyres were destroyed due to a steering problem and he failed to complete the race among the top few. Smedley sounded very optimistic about his team’s future in the near future. He believes that this is only the beginning and his team is going to come out with flying colors at the end of the season.