Norbert Haug has dismissed claims that Alonso has been given the green light to leave the team at the end of the 2007 season. The Spanish driver joined the silver arrows in 2007 on a three-year contract. However, there has been much speculation over how happy he is at the team with his rookie team-mate continually out-performing the reigning world champion, and now the saga over the botched pitstop.
Talking to the newspaper Bild about whether he would bet on Alonso staying with the team Haug said, “This questions did not even arise. We have a valid contract so why do I need to bet?â€ Haug has also denied that Ron Dennis has freed Alonso from the constraints of his contract.
Instead, Haug has implied that the media are fishing for stories. “We have now begun the summer break so for the next three weeks it is necessary for the media to write something,â€ he explained. “I know this very well and for that reason, I am calm.â€