Martin Whitmarsh is keeping "wild rumours" in the headlines that Fernando Alonso could return to McLaren in 2014.
Ferrari's Spaniard denied the speculation yet again when it emerged earlier in Korea, but McLaren boss Whitmarsh says the team "could afford" to sign F1's highest-paid driver.
The suggestions about McLaren's ability to pay Alonso follows reports the great British team, locked in a performance slump this season, has recorded a financial loss.
"We could afford to bring Alonso here next year," Whitmarsh is quoted by the Guardian.
"I shouldn't be stoking wild rumours of his return in 2014 but would we welcome him back, be delighted to have him back...
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