Ferrari find themselves in a very difficult situation at this point, with Marchionne’s health and the new top management coming in just at the time when important decisions like Ferrari’s future in the sport and the driver line up for next year needs to be decided.
Vettel is a certainty, but the second seat is up for grabs and initially only two drivers were competing for that second seat.
However, according to Martin Brundle, Fernando Alonso too could be weighing up his chances of driving for Ferrari next season by replacing Kimi Raikkonen.
Alonso drove for Ferrari from 2010-2014 but then decided to move on to McLaren, a move that has backfired big time for the Spaniard.
Brundle feels that history could repeat itself as a few years back it was Alonso who replaced Kimi at Ferrari.
“I’m very sorry to hear that Sergio Marchionne, the Ferrari boss, is very unwell and not returning,” Brundle wrote in his Sky Sports column
“This will have a big impact on the imminent direction of Ferrari and probably F1 too.
“I’m pretty sure that Fernando Alonso will be having a word with the new boss Louis Camilleri in one last desperate attempt to regain a winning car.
“Judging by his on-track performance and radio transmissions in Hockenheim he’s at the end of his tether otherwise.” he added.
Alonso is out of a contract next season and he will have to give his word to McLaren pretty soon about what he has planned for the next season.
Ferrari need to answer some hard hitting questions here. They need to decide if they want to go in with experience or the exuberance of youth.
If exuberance of youth is the answer, there is nobody better than Leclerc at the moment, but if experience is the answer, would they like an experienced Alonso or an experienced Kimi?