Formula 1: Alonso goes to McLaren… what next?
You might have read that (BBC F1) Fernando Alonso is moving to McLaren in 2007. All of us who follow F1 know that McLaren has two really good drivers now. Kimi Raikkonen and Jaun Pablo Montoya. Now, one of them has to go out! Which one’s going out is the million dollar question (well, much more than a million, actually 🙂 ). There are rumors that Kimi is going to sign a deal (or, has already signed a deal) with Ferrari for 2007. If that is the case, who is going to go out of Ferrari? Massa has just come in!
IMHO, Ferrari are preparing Massa to be the perfect future "SECOND" driver; complementing whoever their "FIRST" driver is going to be. All this points to Michael Schumacher retiring or changing teams in 2007.
Red Bull has shown interest in Michael Schumacher – there is a very strong possibility that Michael Schumacher is going to join the Red Bull Ferrari team in 2007. If that happens, he will still be driving a Ferrari powered Red Bull designed car! Won’t that be fun to watch? – Schumacher in a Ferrari powered Red Bull against the factory Ferrari team!
But before all this can happen and before 2007 season can start, we have the 2006 F1 season. Will Alonso be able to defend his F1 title? Is Alonso the new Michael Schumacher? Will Michael Schumacher sign off from Ferrari with his 8th F1 title?
All these questions will be answered in about 10 months… WATCH F1!
But, I offer these (controversial) predictions:
1) Will Alonso be able to defend his F1 title?
No. Don’t think his mind is on it now. He’s thinking too far ahead, according to me. He’s thinking about McLaren. He has lost the 2006 title already, in his mind!
2) Is Alonso the new Michael Schumacher?
What kind of a question is that?
3) Will Michael Schumacher sign off from Ferrari with his 8th F1 title?
2006 world championship belongs to Michael Schumacher and Ferrari. No second thoughts on that! I am pretty sure that he is not going to retire from Formula 1, but I think he may relish the challenge of driving for a new team in 2007. After all, he has achieved all he ever wanted to, and more, at Ferrari.
Official Formula 1 website: http://www.formula1.com
ITV F1: http://www.itv.com/f1