Wednesday 30 September 2009

Fernando Alonso Joins Ferrari

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It has now happened. Fernando Alonso had dropped about as many hints as it was possible to do without giving away the “secret.” But now, between the Singapore and Japanese Grand Prix in the early hours of the morning in Japan, Ferrari has announced that Alonso will be racing for the team next year, alongside Felipe Massa.

So that means Kimi Raikkonen is going elsewhere. This must all mean that the championship is almost played out. The final pieces of the puzzle of who is going where have begun to fit together - with no real surprise. We heard, after all, that Kimi Raikkonen might go to McLaren, that Nico Rosberg might go to Brawn and that Rubens Barrichello might go to Williams. Busy time between these two races that are only a week apart!

Here is an Alonso statement from Ferrari:

“Fernando Alonso, just announced as the new official Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, who will drive next to Felipe Massa as of the 2010 season, spoke to “I’m very happy and very proud to become a Ferrari driver. Driving a single-seater from the Prancing Horse is everybody’s dream in this sport and today I have the opportunity to make this dream come true. Above all I want to thank Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, who really wanted this 3-year contract. We already had an agreement this summer starting in 2011, but then, the last days, the picture changed and we decided to anticipate my arrival in Maranello by one year.

“The years at Renault were fantastic: together we won four World Titles (two Drivers’ and as many Constructors’ Championships) until this day, 21 Grands Prix. I wish the team all the best and let’s hope we gain some good results in the last races this year.


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