“Thoughts on McLaren, Alonso and a teammate”

Ever since Red Bull dropped the bombshell that Sebastian Vettel was departing Red Bull Racing, rumblings of Fernando Alonso’s return to McLaren have only strengthened. However should the Spaniard confirm a move back to Woking, then team boss Ron Dennis will have little choice but to cut either Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen loose.

“Reprieve for Carlos Sainz Jr?”

Saturday morning’s surprise move by Red Bull to announce Sebastian Vettel’s departure, as well as the promotion of Daniil Kvyat to the “first team” may have closed doors for one famous Spaniard. But Vettel’s defection to Ferrari may also have saved the Formula One career of another Spaniard, - Carlos Sainz Jr - who is tantalisingly close to tasting success in Formula Renault 3.5 Series.