Originally Posted by BeatLA
I doubt Alonso will be in a Ferrari this year. Even if Renault is banned, it's only for one race and I doubt they'll let him drive a different car for just one event.
I'd love to see Schumacher back, though. Could help Ferrari further develop the car to be competitive over the stretch, anyway.
While I don't think it is the most likely choice there are some interesting elements that could make it possible.
1. It has been done before. When Niki Lauda was almost killed at the German GP, he was given last rights, Ferrari hired Carlos Reutemann straight out of the Brabham team. A race winning team that was doing much better then then Renault is doing now. A side note is that Niki lived and actually came back to drive two races later, forcing Ferrari to run three cars for the rest of the season. Lauda lost the championship by one point in the last race in Japan.
2. Alonso probably has a performance clause in his contract, just as Piquet does. If the team or driver does not perform up to a certain standard there is an out for either party.
3. If the rumors are true and Alonso is going to Ferrari next year both sides would love to get a head start for next season. Alonso is one of the best test drivers around and Ferrari would love to have his input ASAP.
4. If the Renault ban is upheld there would be outrage in Spain if Alonso didn't compete and heaven and earth will be moved to get him into a seat. Personally I don't see this happening. The penalty will be reduced to an outrageous fine and Renault will compete. Otherwise the FIA will be shooting itself in the foot, again.