• May 27, 2008


They say a rumor repeated often enough will become true. If that's the case, then one of Ferrari's drivers had better start updating his CV, because the rumor-mill's a churnin' again over Fernando Alonso's speculated move to the Scuderia. The report was flying around Monte Carlo, where the F1 circus made its most recent stop. But while previous reports placed the two-time world champion in the red racing suit for 2009, the latest reports push that off a year until 2010.

Alonso, of course, beat out Ferrari's mega-star Michael Schumacher two years in a row to win the world title before leaving Renault for McLaren. That arrangement most famously didn't work out, resulting in Alonso's release from his contract and his subsequent return to Renault. The contract was said to be for two years with an out clause after one, but the French team has failed to perform this year and Alonso has scored a paltry nine points six races now into the season. He's been angling for a Ferrari drive and the Scuderia has been rumored to take a liking to the accomplished Spaniard.

However, the renewed reports raise several questions. Most pressing is which of Ferrari's current drivers would be given the oust to make room for Alonso? Kimi Raikkonen scored the title for the team, but this year Felipe Massa is following very shortly behind the defending champ. Second to that comes the issue of sportsmanship and teamwork, both of which are highly prized in Maranello and severely lacking in Alonso's demonstrated character. But while these and other issues seem prohibitive, we wouldn't be all that surprised to see how quickly they can be dismissed in pursuit of a dominating championship.

[Source: GrandPrix.com, Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Im a Massa fan but aside from that, I think Kimi would be the one to leave, he doesnt seem to be interested in making a long run of it in the sport where as Massa seems devoted to it and has time and time again proven to be worthy of the Scuderia. I also think Sutil needs to move up teams along with Weber, Red Bull and Force India are holding them back!
      • 6 Years Ago
      To everyone who is so shocked at FA's threats to leave, Jenson Button has basically said the same thing about Honda. It's really not that uncommon.
      • 6 Years Ago
      NOOOOOOO
        • 6 Years Ago
        Massa should be replaced. He is the Nowitzki of Formula 1 (Yes, I am a Mavs fans), a choke artist. Unfortunately, Raikkonen will be the one to retire this year or next. He has said time and time again, he has other things he would like to do. I can see Alonso at Ferrari, nothing to complain about when you have 1 of the 2 most dedicated (financially and otherwise) teams in the sport backing you. IF this occurs, though I am a huge McLaren fan, I fear that Alonso will Dominate [with the capital D intended] for the forseeable future. Hamilton is an incredible driver, but for now, lacks the experience to dethrone the once and future king.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be shocked if Kimi is shown the door. He has talent but the gap between him and Massa is small. I doubt Kimi would take to being the number 2. If Alonso goes to the Scuderia he will want to be the top dog.
        • 6 Years Ago
        He (RAI) has repeatedly stated that he has [other] things he wants to do, and does not wish to hang around F1 forever.
        • 6 Years Ago
        1. Kimi's contract runs through 2009. If he wins the WDC in either of the next 2 years he will retire.

        2. Felipe's contract runs through 2010.

        As much as anyone - seemingly everyone hate Alonso - he IS the best pure driver out there. I rate Louise second and down from there. A mature Alonso @ the Scuderia - with proper team management - would be very difficult to beat...and the Italians would absolutely love him!

        But DiMontezemolo has publicly said: "No." For what that is worth...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Richard, Kimi is not even 30 yet, why would he retire?
        • 6 Years Ago
        ...regardless of whether or not he deserves it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alonso is the perfect fit for Ferrari. The most unsportsman driver and the most unsportsman team.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dude, focus on driving, not on changing teams every second Monday.
      • 6 Years Ago
      AMEN!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Man, shoot me when that happens. I NEVER want that slimebag to come to my beloved Ferrari.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I figure Kimi will want to make it three in a row and then retire..... Ferrari is always where Alonso wanted to be, so he may get there in 2010.

      When this happens, my hate for the scuderia will be complete
        • 6 Years Ago
        Kimi only had a real urge to win one title and he is quoted as that.

        Ferrari has publically said they do not want Alonso.

        If I had a team he would never be on it. Remember when he was on his way out the door at Renault and he accused the team of "sabotage" ?

        Pathetic!
        • 6 Years Ago
        @pmiddle5
        I believe that when you say Ferrari doesn't want Fernando, you are referring to Jean Todd. Now that he's stepped down and on his way out of Ferrari, Alonso sees his shot and plans on taking it.

        Personally, I didn't understand why he left Renault when he did since he said (at the time) it wasn't for the money. Why would you leave a winning team? Even if you are unhappy, the end result is what you want.
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