There is one aspect of Alonso to McLaren there isn’t much talk about; he would probably lose a lot of his fans. I’ve noticed Alonso never became really popular outside of Spain until he joined Ferrari and lost a lot of respect when he turned his back on McLaren after 2007. Cutting ties with the Scuderia would probably cause him to lose a fair share of goodwill. Personally, I’d go so far as saying I’d be pretty much done with Alonso, but that’s merely personal.
I think Hulkenberg is pretty secure somewhere; he does not seem as worried now compared to earlier in the season. I do wonder where, though.
Chilton to Force India would solve exactly none of their problems, I imagine. I noticed Eddie Jordan was singing his praises on the BBC this weekend as well, and while Max has improved, I personally don’t really see him moving up next year, while Bianchi stays at Marussia.
More and more speculation over Kovalainen returning to Caterham as well; which I personally would find completely illogical. He outperformed Trulli at his weakest (and still at a rate of less than 100%) but was being crept up on by Petrov late 2012. He never was able to impress in McLaren, so if I were at Caterham, I’d either retain the current pairing, or try to snatch up a driver currently in a better team losing his seat for 2014.
While I’m a fan of Frijns, I can’t say I see him going anywhere, not even GP2 next year. He’s good, but despite being naturally fast, he has a lot of maturing to do. Sadly, no cash doesn’t get you a permanent seat in GP2 and not being in a driver development programme gives you no consistency as well. Don’t be shocked if he ends up in a vague national series or doing some random races in GP2 or FR 3.5 and fades away. Dutch drivers tend to miss the boat to a good seat in other series while waiting for F1.