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Alonso hopes for Red Bull apology

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24/08/2018

Fernando Alonso hopes that Red Bull will apologise to him after the Austrian team denied it had sought to sign him.

In an interview with Sky F1, the Spaniard claims that over the years the Austrian outfit has made no less than six approaches, his claim coming just days after Helmut Marko and Christian Horner had both dismissed the two-time world champion as a replacement for Daniel Ricciardo because he is forever surrounded by chaos.

"We were negotiating with him in 2007 or 2008," Marko told Austrian broadcaster Servus TV. "His demands were very tedious back then.

"If you look at his history, in McLaren and Ferrari, it was always a one-man show," he added.

"I had a couple of offers from Red Bull," Alonso told Sky F1. "In fact I had one in 2007, in 2009, in 2011, 2013, and two this year, one in Monaco, and one in August.

"The comments of Christian Horner this summer and Mr Marko are completely out of context," he continued, "surprise comments about me creating chaos and being a difficult man to work with.

"One, they never worked with me," he added, "and secondly they've been chasing me for five or six occasions in the last seven years, and now they say that, that they are loyal to their programme and their commitments and their junior drivers.

"It has been weird, it has been unfair to me. I wrote to Christian after his comments this summer, he apologised by email, and hopefully he'll apologise again this weekend."

In a subsequent interview with Sky F1, Horner said: "To be totally clear, there was no offer to Fernando Alonso for next year. He is a fantastic driver and a great talent, he has chosen his path.

"Obviously Flavio reached out, even FOM reached out, but it was clear from the onset," he insisted. "We did offer Fernando Alonso a contract, but that was back in 2007! To my knowledge, no one within Red Bull has offered him one since.

"The position within Red Bull has always been very clear. We invest in youth and have a talent pool through the Red Bull junior programme as has been the case with Sebastian Vettel, Kvyat, Ricciardo, Max Verstappen, we were always going to draw on the talent we have."

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1. Posted by Batman, 24/08/2018 17:54

"Don't lose next episode on ... BBC Entertainment! Until then, let's race!"

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2. Posted by Spartacus, 24/08/2018 17:53

""It has been weird, it has been unfair to me. I wrote to Christian after his comments this summer, he apologized by email, and hopefully he'll apologize again this weekend."

No disrespect to Fernando, but Christian already apologized. I guess ALO needs another round of apologies for the second set of comments?

Fernando fell into a McLaren crevasse that he should have jumped out of immediately.
Red Bull would have been a good move if he could have made it work but too late for that."

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3. Posted by ESTMPRFT, 24/08/2018 16:57

"How can you tell if Red Bull management is lying? Their lips are moving."

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4. Posted by klmn, 24/08/2018 16:14

"Jocky the brat is the one that lost a F1 title for Ferrari in 2010 ABU DHABI when he did not even try !!! to pass Petrov to get this WDC but blamed Chris Dyer for that cowardly driving"

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5. Posted by Brycevr, 24/08/2018 16:11 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 24/08/2018 16:13)

"This comment was removed by an administrator as it was judged to have broken the site's posting rules and etiquette."

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6. Posted by Jet Jockey, 24/08/2018 15:20

"@ klmn…

Who's the brat, Horner or Alonso?"

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7. Posted by klmn, 24/08/2018 14:53

"please can somebody shut up this attention seeking narcissist brat. We have had now 4 weeks of his show. Enough is enough"

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