Red Bull’s current association with Honda was a deal breaker.
“We immediately said we have no need for Alonso,” Marko told German automobile magazine Auto Bild. “It doesn’t work because of our engine partner Honda, either. (Honda gets) a headache even if they hear the name Alonso.”
Alonso, who left Formula 1 following the 2018 season, drove a Honda-powered car for McLaren from 2015-17. Alonso had no wins and no podium finishes during that stretch, and he bashed the engine manufacturer whenever he had the opportunity.
Red Bull’s current driver lineup is Max Verstappen and Alex Albon, though Marko says the team could lose Verstappen after 2020.
“We have to give Max a car in 2020 with which he can become world champion. Otherwise he will be gone,” Marko said. “Right now things are really going on behind the scenes. It will be decisive weeks.”
Meanwhile, a return for Alonso to his former team McLaren also appears unlikely.
“We are convinced that both of our current drivers have the potential to become world champions,” McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown, referring to Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, told Auto Motor und Sport.