McLaren 'can afford Fernando Alonso'

Fernando Alonso smiles as he prepares for the final qualifying session of the Belgium Grand Prix on August 24, 2013
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Money would not be an obstacle for McLaren to bring back Fernando Alonso to the team, according to team boss Martin Whitmarsh.

McLaren have suggested that they can afford to bring Fernando Alonso to the team and would be "delighted" to welcome him back.

Despite making a pre-tax loss last year of £2.5, team principal Martin Whitmarsh told The Observer that any financial issues would not affect any move for the Spaniard.

He said: "In all probability for 2014 the die is set but who knows in the future.

"I shouldn't be stoking wild rumours of his return in 2014 but would we welcome him back, be delighted to have him back in the team? Of course we would."

McLaren are currently on course for their first winless season since 2006.

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso smiles ahead of the final practise session of the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 27, 2013
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