Red Bull chief Helmut Marko has revealed the F1 team did make an attempt to sign Fernando Alonso from McLaren in 2007. Alonso decided to call time on his career in Formula One at the end of the 2018 campaign while at McLaren but Marko has revealed things could have been different.
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Marko has claimed there were talks between the two-time world champion and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner back in 2007, along with Alonso’s manager Luis Garcia Abad. “They were very demanding, not so much about finances, but more about PR performances and liberties with merchandising and such,” Marko said in an interview with Motorsport-Total. “We said: ‘Okay let’s look at the details, you have to send us a contract draft’, we agreed that they had a week, after fourteen days there was nothing and nor after three weeks. Then we said to Garcia Abad: ‘Thank you, we do not have to do it anymore’.”