Is there a single direct quote from BMW on Alonso? Theissen for example? All I see is rumoured statements and one from the "Spanish" arm of BMW" (Of course, Spanish arm). I certainly remember Theissen specifically stating what I said. Sorry, I tried to find some links, but couldn't. Anyway, I have made myself clear on the original ebc's point. I appreciate all the efforts you have put in to look for so many old articles.
The Spanish arm of BMW is better than no quotes from BMW, don't you think?
Anyway, there are plenty of reports about Thiessen accepting their flirting with Alonso; for example, in Autosport http://www.autosport...rt.php/id/70606
"BMW Sauber say they are ready to wait for former world champion Fernando Alonso to make his mind up about where he wants to drive next year - after reminding the Spaniard that they are the fastest team in Formula One with a seat still available."
"When asked by autosport.com if he was interested in Alonso in spite of what happened at McLaren, Theissen said: "I am interested in fast drivers generally, but I would prefer not to comment now on individual drivers because we are evaluating it and I would prefer to talk to you when we have a decision.""http://www.crash.net...s_for_2009.html
"BMW-Sauber has confirmed that it is in talks with former double Formula 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso about a potential drive at the team next year."
“We are the strongest team that still has a seat open for 2009, but we have not made any decisions yet. We are always interested in fast drivers.”
This is a summary in Autoracing.com:
"09/15/08 (GMM) A spokesman for the Spanish arm of the German manufacturer BMW has admitted that Fernando Alonso is in talks to switch to the BMW-Sauber F1 team in 2009.
Figures in the Monza paddock over the weekend were careful to play down or sidestep the raging speculation about the Spaniard's future.
But Gigi Corbetta, communication director for BMW Spain, told Spanish radio that talks are taking place.
"And the news of the renewal of Raikkonen (at Ferrari) has accelerated the process," Corbetta is quoted as saying by the Spanish newspaper Marca.
"Now it is necessary to wait until the end of the season."
27-year-old Alonso, meanwhile, confirmed that his future is not due to be clarified before the Singapore grand prix in two weeks.
09/14/08 BMW Motorsport director Mario Theissen said that they are waiting on Fernando Alonso for the 2009 season.
These are his comments.
"There are several people and a few teams who have to make a decision – it is just not necessarily a joint decision,"
"We are still evaluating the situation and it is apparent we are the strongest team now which has an open seat for next year, so we will see what happens."
Theissen expressed that the Raikkonen contract news had very little impact on his decision, "one piece in a big jigsaw, nothing more.""
There are plenty of interviews with Spanish newspapers where Thiessen (and Kubica) hints at Alonso heading to BMW. But to be brutally honest, I'd rather not waste time in digging them up if they are going to be dismissed because they are "Spanish".
In any case I think that we have already listed more than enough evidence that Alonso and BMW were in talks in 2008 regarding a seat in 2009, so I'll leave it here.