November 21, 2014
Alonso's silence explained
Where will Alonso go in 2015?
That has been the soap opera for the second half of the season. People are down on Fernando for keeping mum but there is a very simple explanation: Lewis Hamilton.
When things were not going his way this past summer, Hamilton started making noises about his contract renewal with Mercedes. Mercedes, not wanting to lose their marquee driver came down hard on Nico after the Spa contact. Nico did not recover until the penultimate race of the season in Brazil. Score one for couch man Hamilton, tactic must have worked.
Now as the season finale looms, Hamilton is still keeping the contract renewal over Mercedes's head. If he wins on Sunday he will renew with the additional leverage of a two time world champion. Should he lose, he will not stand around the Mercedes garage as Rosberg's sidekick and sign with Mclaren. Pressure's on Mercedes to avoid a DNF, a DNF in the final race of 2012 marked the end of his Mclaren days.
That will free up a spot for Alonso at Mercedes and, as he himself said many times, it will be obvious why he waited.