• Aug 21, 2009
While not exactly confirmed, it seems that past rumors of a switch for Formula One driver Fernando Alonso from his current partnership with Renault to Ferrari still have legs. In an offhand remark made during an interview with BBC Sport, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh indicated he expects the Fernando to Ferrari deal to take place at the end of the current season. Such a move could potentially trigger a number of driver changes for 2010.

We've heard plenty of reports that current Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will retire from F1 at the end of 2009, possibly making a switch to the World Rally Championship as a driver for the Fiat rally team. If that's true, expect Alonso to join Felipe Massa – who is currently recovering from a serious head injury – as drivers for the Scuderia.

For Ferrari's part, an unnamed spokesperson tells the BBC, "Things can happen and not happen. But you cannot talk about any Fernando-Ferrari move. We have two drivers with a contract until the end of 2010. We are not under pressure to change anything." Despite Ferrari's assertion, we'll be a bit surprised if Alonso's not wearing red next year.

[Source: BBC Sport | Photo: ph-stop - CC 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ferrari's comments just mean that they have not finished negotiating the terms of the contract with Alonso and his agent.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is so un-Ferrari.

      That's like if Mika Häkkinen or Damon Hill drove for Ferrari.

      I give up. I mostly stopped watching F1 since Schumi retired, espercially with all the Bernie and Max drama, and Kimi jumping the MB McLaren ship and driving for Ferrari... then I am sucked back in with reports Schumi shall return.... only to have THAT rug pulled out from underneth me.

      I think I'm going to have to turn in my Tifosi fan card.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what you need to know is that sports all over the world is run by money. so teams have to make a balance between fans and the shareholders. they work together. turn in your tifosi card , some1 else will take it. no worries, maybe you should move to something eslse if you lost the pasion for f1.
      • 5 Years Ago
      He is the best driver on the grid. It's too bad he doesn't have the team to back him up. Hopefully he does switch to Ferrari for the 2010 season and can begin winning again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A Ferrari spokesman has already denied such rumour: http://tazio.uol.com.br/f-1/textos/12840/ (in portuguese)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm with you Scott! However, I still love F1!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nooo... do not want Alonso, he is a bit of a douche IMO. It's irrational I know, but I love Scuderia Ferrari and can't stand the man!