Will Fernando Alonso drive for McLaren in 2008? If the Istanbul scuttlebutt was anything to go by, and I think it was, then the answer is no. The relationship breakdown between him and his team is now too comprehensive, too irreparable, for that.
Moreover, Alonso seems uninterested in repairing it. In fact, he appears to be eager to enlarge the rift between himself and Ron Dennis, in particular. Hence his frankly idiotic recent comments about having brought six-tenths to the McLaren MP4-22's performance envelope and having had "nothing much" in return.
Well, I guess that's true (a) if you accept that the MP4-22's pace is solely the result of Alonso's car-development skills (which you shouldn't) and (b) if you regard US$22 million a year as "nothing much" (ditto).
Fernando Alonso © LAT
But, despite the fact that he's saying idiotic things, especially in the Spanish press, on an almost daily basis, Alonso isn't in fact an idiot. Far from it. So what's he up to?