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Fernando Alonso, who some believe is the best driver in F1, has seen his name in the news a lot these last few days. First, reports popped up that the Spanish racer has signed a (still unsubstantiated) secret deal that would put him in the seat of a Ferrari Formula 1 car beginning when his contract with Renault expires after the 2010 season. According to the latest set of rumors, Ferrari actually wanted Alonso to break his contract with Renault for the upcoming season, but the driver chose to honor his current deal out of loyalty. If true, Alonso would have taken Kimi Raikkonen's seat at Ferrari, racing alongside Felipe Massa. The starting grid for Formula 1 has always been a bit of a roundtable affair, and these most recent rumors would appear to keep the ongoing soap opera going for the next few years, at least.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Guys, I'm afraid what's circulating round the internet is only 20% of what's happening in the background.

      Here's something you've probably haven't read anywhere: http://grandprixinsider.wordpress.com/2008/12/30/tuesday-21/

      Why this hasn't been reported? Because neither Renault isn't interested to spread it, nor will Ferrari show their cards before necessary...
      • 6 Years Ago
      This story is BS. Consider these points:

      1. Alonso is one of the best drivers in F1.

      2. He has a dark, conniving side. Remember, he threatened Ron Dennis, saying he would release an e-mail that proved McLaren was stealing secrets from Ferrari, at which point Dennis went straight to the FIA with the info that Alonso had an incriminating e-mail.

      3. Alonso has shown no loyalty to anyone in the past.

      4. Considering the above 3 points, if Alonso was offered a seat at Ferrari right now, he'd take it so fast it would make your head spin, as would 99.9% of racing drivers in the world.

      Alonso may yet drive for Ferrari, but it will be after Kimi retires.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I find it very interesting that, the "aftertaste" of the "stepney-gate" saga is that Alonso is disloyal.

        Could it be, as I have found with a previous employer that showed such low interest in doing things the right way that it was willing to bend (if not break) any rule in it's way, that Alonso finally got fed up with a conniving, double-talking, absolutely untrustworthy employer?

        Could it be that, in fact, he was fed up with (as was the still-employed-by-McLaren Dela Rosa) the kind of illegalities that SHOULD HAVE cost McLaren any legitimate shot at a championship... and that his own experiences with the management and it's treatment of him (remember,... a 2-time WDC) made him realize he had no future at McLaren, anyway?

        Could it be that his return to Renault was, at least partly, because of his loyalty to Briatore? I know Briatore insists that Alonso's management is by his company, not him, personally... but I still find it hard to believe that there are bad feelings between the two or that Briatore didn't rubber stamp Alonso's decision to negotiate safe haven at McLaren when the Renault program was in such flux.

        Could it be that, in fact, Alonso does not want to hurt his mentor/ manager Briatore by leaving early?

        Look,... I know Alonso doesn't look like the nice guy in some of these situations but I've been following F1 long enough to know the difference between Senna and Boutsen... I'd have taken Senna in a heartbeat and it had nothing to do with being a nice guy (though, away from the track, he was actually a funny guy with closely guarded personal life).

        I think Alonso is, if anything, driven (as any champion should be), supremely skilled (as shown this past year) and, finally, a business man. I would also, as pointed out above, suggest that he might have a loyal bone in his body, which might happen to be why he hated it at McLaren...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honestly, I do not care about this story any more at all!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Utter BS, if there was a Loyal bone in his body he would have stuck with renault or not ratted out mclaren.

      Alonso would probably give his left nut for a ferrari drive, except that he is probably afraid to drive next to Kimi. So I see no way that this rumor could be true, because ferrari also knows better than to put two alpha males in the same car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      fernando sucks, ferarri sucks, hamilton rules. hamilton>alanso
      • 6 Years Ago
      lol, the Ferrari Alonso saga is really not different to the Real Madrid Ronaldo saga... But as a Ferrari fan, I would love to see him in red, especially doing laps around those silver *things*. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      This comment was released 2-3 days ago now! Do you guys purposefully delay the release of information for slow news days or are you really that bad?
      • 6 Years Ago

      A couple of things to put into your analysis:
      1. Alonso left Renault for the simple fact that he was the WDC, world-famous cost-cutter/turn-around guy Carlos Gohsn had taken over Renault and not made a commitment to stay in F1. Alonso did what any WDC would do sans the availability of a scarlet jumpsuit - he went to McLaren.

      2 Once @ McLaren Ron screwed him royally in order to have Hamilton - under McLaren development contract since age of 9 - be WDC.

      @Mobius_1, Fernando will be driving in red in 2010. If the Scuderia don't sink into a 1980's style abyss this year, Massa has one last chance to become a champion, then Fernando will rule the roost - and F1.
        • 6 Years Ago

        Yes. Agreed. The logical thing to do would have been to get a raise from Renault. But you didn't read what I reported: everything was under review w/Gohsn coming on board and no commitment to F1 had been uttered. It was expected that he would cut the program - as per his history of implementing cost-cutting measures. So there was no commitment from Renault to stay in F1, let alone giving their new WDC a raise.

        Plenty of reasons to dislike Alonso for the way he behaved. But he did bring McLaren somewhere between 3 and 5 tenths per lap. But he also had to share his set-up information with Hamilton for most of the year - which is not what the deal was when he signed on.

        Finally, the only b-slapping Kimi will be doing is with several hundred bottles of Vodka. Personally, I expect Ferrari to be fairly far off the pace this year. McLaren will dominate, followed by Renault (closely) and BMW. Mark MY words.

        I think that Ferrari are on the way down. There has been plenty of internal strife and "Stepney-Gate" is just the publicly seen tip of that iceberg - IMHO. Schumacher will be locked out next and the whole thing will go straight to the form of the Berger/ Alessi days. Watch (though I hope I am wrong).
        • 6 Years Ago
        Someone typing in this room sounds awfully biased...

        I think Alonso said these things more so to try and rally support behind the people working for him at Renault. Alonso is a tricky little so and so who loves using weird political strategies to get what he wants.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I would stop watching F1 if Ferrari offers Alonso a seat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You had me right up until "loyalty". When has Alonzo ever done anything out of loyalty?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Alonso has to show he has grown up before any one a Ferrari will want to take the risk. Remember he reneaged on a deal with Todt to take the Maclaren seat. His moral and sportsmanship standards were also made clear when he tried to blackmail Ron Dennis whilst accepting he would drive a fully illegal and fraudulent car.

      FIA should have thrown out Maclaren instantly, but Alonso is stained.

      Great talent, certainly amongst the best, but wasted I'm afraid in a very flawed character. F1 is about a the team......who really could trust him?
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