Date: 5th August 2013 at 8:57am
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The big story following the Hungarian Grand Prix was the sensational idea that Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari for Red Bull next season.

Despite the Spanish double Formula One World Champion holding a long-term contract with Ferrari the media was rife with speculation following an apparent falling out between Alonso and his Ferrari bosses.

Red Bull team principal refused to pour water over the fire when he was asked if Alonso could make the move, in fact Christian Horner’s comments only fanned the flames on the idea.

That said, Alonso and Ferrari both denied the reports immediately and over the weekend Flavio Briatore, the boss of Alonso’s management team did the same.

‘Fernando has a contract [with Ferrari] and contracts must be respected, Alonso has never said he wants to leave. Ferrari/Alonso remains a winning pairing.’ Briatore told Gazzetta dello Sport as quoted by Sky Sports.

But while the former Renault boss might be repeating fact, that doesn’t actually mean that Alonso wouldn’t be tempted to leave Ferrari for Red Bull if the opportunity did arise.

So would he be tempted? ‘No. No temptation whatsoever.’ Briatore reiterated.

But while Briatore appears to be insisting that his client has no intention of leaving Ferrari, that didn’t stop the outspoken Italian in damning Ferrari’s recent performances whilst insisting that things have to improve.

‘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 needs to have at his disposal 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.’