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Fernando Alonso Will Not Return to Formula 1 If He Takes a 2015 Sabbatical

For someone with his back pressed firmly against a brick wall, Fernando Alonso displayed a remarkable amount of confidence on Formula One's "Shock Saturday" at Suzuka a fortnight ago. The paddock had been taken aback by the news that Sebastian Vettel, the four-time world champion, would be leaving Red Bull Racing at the end of 2014, suddenly leaving Alonso—who, according to Sky Sports' Pete Gill, had arranged to leave Ferrari that Thursday—with very few options for the 2015 season. The Spaniard, though, seemed almost unaffected by Vettel's bombshell, showing no signs of conceding the high ground in the driver market. He was quoted by James Galloway of Sky Sports as stating: I have the privileged position because more or less I...

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