• Sep 24th 2007 at 5:27PM
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We're going to call this one a rumor for at least a little while, but wow. We just got wind of this monster deal that would really cause a major stir in the already tumultuous world of Formula One. News of the World just reported that two-time world driving champion Fernando Alonso is leaving McLaren-Mercedes next year. While that was considered a sure thing in the wake of Stepneygate and all, the real shocker is that he isn't headed to Renault to be reunited with Flavio Briatore as expected. Instead, they have him going to Ferrari of all places. The report says that a cool $40 million was the price to secure Alonso for the scuderia. As they point out, it should be a relatively easy transition for Fernando, who has already been *ahem* studying design features of the Ferrari all season.
With current Ferrari pilot Felipe Massa headed to Toyota, Fernando will be joining current #3 in the driver's race, Kimi Raikkonen, in '08. It should make for another interesting battle over who's number one. The same article that tells of Fernando going to Maranello also bolsters the rumor that Ross Brawn will be stepping up as team manager when Jean Todt leaves at the end of the season. It's not often that the silly season starts this early, but this has been a very atypical year for the FIA and its premier racing class. We'll do some digging and see if we can find other sources to back this one up. But until then, this can only make the last three races of the season more compelling TV.

[Source: TopSpeed]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I remember Alonso saying he moved to McLaren because he admired Senna. Well, it seems that his stint at McLaren has been closer to that of Prost than Senna - always whining about teammates, more focused on car developments than natural talents, leaving McLaren to Ferrari, etc.. I hope Kimi kicks Alonso's ass when he arrives next year!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Don't talk that way about Prost. He was always a gentleman, a great teammate, and, yes, a great setter-upper as are all the great champions.
        And just because Senna drove in a style that the uninitiated like more, doesn't mean that he drove better than Prost, they had approximately equal results when driving equal cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder who will be racing next to Hamilton now
        • 8 Years Ago
        You mean, behind Hamilton
      • 6 Years Ago

      Only drivers like Alonso or Schumi deserve to have a Ferrari.
      Massa, Kimi and Hamilton make mistakes.
      Give Alonso a Ferrari and you will see what he is able to do against Ron Dennis child (Hamilton).
      Now, Kovalainen is not happy with McLaren. He understand now what Alonso had last year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No!!! that would sucks. He's not a Ferrari guy. He whines and complaine too much.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Right, because Ferrari hasn't been whining enough lately? looks like he's going to his natural habitat.

        Fricking whiny crybaby Ferrari team, only Kimi stands out there as a tough guy.

        Man, Massa is the worst, when he has any bad luck, he lets the entire world know.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Kimi is there for 50mil a yr, so Alonso can not be going for 10mil less. he is a WC.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a life long Ferrari fan and payed up Allonso hater, this would be a nightmare for me, shouting at the TV for a red car to loose would be just too wierd. Its been hard enough hoping that a Maclaren (Hamilton) wins while still being happy if he is beaten by a Ferrari.
        • 8 Years Ago
        Agree with you ..
        Hate to see Alonso at Ferrari, loved Kimi and feel sorry for him .. am no longer a Ferrari supporter..
      • 8 Years Ago
      NO!!! This can't be happening..WHY WHY WHY!!! anybody but Alonso!!! I just hope Hamilton will teach him a lesson this season!! and Why will Massa go to Toyota? He belongs Ferrari not Alonso!
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't see that one coming (joining Ferrari, not leaving McLaren). However, I would root for him over Kimi. Alonso can be a dick, but at least he's interesting. Kimi is just a cinder block -- I dread having to watch him in press conferences.

      The question now is: who will fill the empty seat for McLaren? I vote for Button. I'd really think he's a good driver with a lot of bad luck and an uncompetitive car. And, c'mon, how could McLaren pass up having two British drivers?!
        • 8 Years Ago
        Good call, I hope you're right.
        • 8 Years Ago

      • 8 Years Ago
      Autoblog -- the F1 silly season starts in late June/early July, and these rumors have been floating about since then.

      They have picked up steam recently with the spy saga and the apparent unhappiness of Alonso at McLaren. I have liked Alonso before, because he seemed a genuine fellow, but I am appalled at how he has reacted to having a fast teammate who can beat him. His punk antics have cast a shadow over the persona he expemplified while beating Schumacher two years in a row.

      As for Kimi, I think he can handle Alonso, quite easily. Every time Alonso speaks to him, Kimi will mumble something in broken English or his native tongue; Fernando would go "Huh?" and everything will be fine. Alonso is fast, granted, but Kimi is just as quick and as we have seen, so is Lewis.

      I like the Button idea, but I think he's a bit attached to Honda now. I think Lewis' next teammate will be Nico Rosberg. But it all depends on whether this is just a rumor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      1. And I'll repeat: THIS IS FICTION!

      2. MASSA is as fast, if not faster than Kimi.

      3. Alonso should have gone to the Scuderia instead of Kimi in the first place. But with all the $$$ Ferrari shelled out to get the top - never WDC - talent of Kimi and the gap that he hasn't pulled over Felipe, who - in their right mind - would spend another $30mil for a another driver not as fast as his team mate (though now that he no-longer is sharing set-up info with Lewis - you will see those tables turned)?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I just don't see that happening. If he thought his relationship with Hamilton was strained, just wait until he tries to get along with Raikkonen.. I'm a Ferrari fan and I certainly don't want to see Alonso end up there.
        • 8 Years Ago
        I hope he has to buy his way out of his existing contract, that Lewis beats him this year, and that Kimi kicks his ass on the track next year. He's a top 3 driver, but no more than that. What a whining little mummies boy. I have lost all respect for Alonso after his behaviour this year.
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