Former Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore has denied claims that Fernando Alonso is set to join Red Bull for 2014.
Rumours speculating on Alonso’s future began in Hungary after his manager Luis Garcia Abad was seen in conversation with Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner in the paddock.
Despite claims by Alonso that no contact had been made on his behalf, Horner refused to dispel the speculation linking the Spaniard with a move to Red Bull to replace the departing Mark Webber.
These rumours came on the same weekend on which the Spaniard claimed that his ideal birthday present would be: “someone else’s car”, a comment that earned him a rebuke from Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo.
Briatore, who oversaw Alonso’s two championship wins at Renault, told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Fernando has a contract and contracts must be respected. There is no temptation whatsoever.
“Alonso has never said he wants to leave. Ferrari and Alonso remain a winning pairing.”
The Italian said that Alonso’s critical comments towards Ferrari had not come as a shock to him and that it was to be expected if the team’s performance was worse than anticipated.
“It’s normal for a racing driver to desire a competitive car and the team must work hard to supply it, end of story.
“He just needs to have a car that allows him to start from the top two rows. We knew it would be tough in Hungary, as it was when I was at Renault. They need to quickly find the instruction manual at Maranello.”
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