This question keeps coming up for me and here is my thinking:
1 At Hungary, Alonso sent his emissary to Red Bull to enquire about Webber's seat; At the same weekend, he said he wanted another's car for his birthday (perhaps jokingly, perhaps not - but his management did pay a visit to RBR/Horner (so it couldn't all be just him joking))
2 This indicated that he was willing to 'take on' another "Rooster" in that own rooster's "Hen House" (i.e. Vettel)
3 There were rumours around that the Ferrari turbo for 2014 was likely to be the inferior - and that Mercedes asked for bigger rear Pirellis (to, presumably, help them from an extra 100 bhp from their turbo engine)
So, why was Alonso willing to leave Ferrari to go to RBR and take on Vettel?
And, why did Kimi not sign with RBR and, instead, sign with Ferrari?
A. We know that Kimi wants to win more GPs and more success - something Lotus couldn't guarantee "technically and financially". So, for Kimi, the choice was only between RBR/Vettel and Ferrari/Alonso.
B. It wasn't money. RBR could afford the same pay package - and Horner said it wasn't money that was the issue. So, money wise Ferrari deal ~ = ~ Red Bull deal - Basically.
So, what does Alonso know that Kimi doesn't?
Why did Alonso want to "jump ship"????
(After all, Nando was willing to have Vettel as the other "rooster" at another team, no?)
The only three answers I could come up with are:
1. Alonso damaged his relationship with di Montezemolo beyond repair for some reason (and only him and di Montezemo know, perhaps Domenicalli);
2. Alonso thinks the Ferrari turbo won't be as good as the Mercedes turbo (but Hamilton/Rosberg there already) OR as good as Renault turbo (and he's willing to take the risk of going up against Vettel - but with Newey and Co being better than Fry and Co);
3. Kimi actually doesn't know how "bad" the Ferrari turbo might be vis-a-vis the Mercedes turbo and Renault turbo (but Alonso actually knows this).
What do people think?
The other thing could be that Kimi actually knows MORE about Ferrari turbo vs Renault turbo than Alonso did at Hungary. Possibility??
Edited by RayInTorontoCanada, 12 September 2013 - 02:54.