• Sep 29, 2009
Apparently, the long-rumored Fernando Alonso to Ferrari announcement is now all but official. According to a report from the BBC, the 28-year-old driver has signed a two-year contract with options to extend that will earn the Spaniard a tidy salary of roughly 19 to 25 million euros ($27 to $36 million) per year.

An official announcement could come as early as this weekend at the Suzuka Grand Prix in Japan. As expected, Alonso will be paired up with current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, whose spot is currently being filled in by Giancarlo Fisichella while the Brazilian is recovering from injuries sustained during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen could possibly make the move back to McLaren, and current BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica is rumored to be taking Alonso's place at Renault. Tune back in tomorrow for another installation of How the F1 World Turns... Tip of the hat to Cheech McGovern!

[Source: BBC | Image: ph-stop - CC 2.0]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll admit I'm excited about Alonso moving to my beloved Scuderia.......
      but am more interested in where Rubens and or Jenson end up.

      I don't like or dislike Jenson, but it's hard not to like Barrichello after the season he's had.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Love Alonso. The best driver since Schumi.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE IN A FERRARI. BEING IN A FERRARI IS A PRIVILEGE NOT A RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS ONE HE HAS NOT EARNED!
        • 5 Years Ago
        To D Fisk:

        Winning TWO World Driver Championships isn't enough to deserve being in a Ferrari?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll still be part of the tifosi, but I hope Massa comes back and destroys everyone on the track, including Alonso.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's kinda harsh, bitterspeak. I'm no Ferrari fan, but I do like Felipe. He seems like a decent guy, and there's no denying the fact that he can drive. You don't come within a point of the championship on luck alone. Matter of fact, when it comes to the more technical circuits, there's no one better IMO. I think Alonso & Lewis are the real racers of F1 (all out, ballsy as f*ck), with Kimi a close second on a good day. Alonso takes the award for getting the most out of an under-performing machine (and I'm no Alonso fan either) but Massa's the most fluid, technical driver out there IMO. He rarely ever puts a wheel wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Massa is a journeyman. I hope he never wins a WDC.
      • 5 Years Ago
      For the first time ever, I want to see a Ferrari losing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alonso can get the best out of an underperforming car so it will be interesting to see what he can do at Ferrari. Kimi is my favorite driver but he just became totally uninterested after he won his championship.

      Maybe at McLaren he can become the driver he once was although I doubt it since Hamilton is clearly the one McLaren focuses on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ummm. If y'all hadn't noticed, the best driver is the guy who has the best engineered car. That's F1.

      It's still boring, with only the Soap-Opera crap to add any interest. I'd like to see no wings, AWD and them running on 185/70-13s with full tread. No engine restrictions.

      And I like Barichello, mainly because he looks like David Lee Roth.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It will be interesting to see who settles in which chair next season and ofcourse which GP2ers get to drive f1 cars of 3 new teams.

      Alonso in Ferrari wasnt a real shock, it wud be one in case kimi goes to WRC instead of mclaren...in case he stays in f1 and joins mclaren tho then both ferrari and mclaren will have matching strength and then the season will whole lot of fun regardless wat brawn and RBR does

      I'll feel bad for fisi but I cant ignore fact that even tho he is talented..had he been more consistant in past lets say with renault, Ferrari might've picked him up earlier.

      Roseberg will prolly move to Brawn as Mercedes is keen to get german driver in 2nd car..but I'm not sure whether barichello is leaving brawn..well theres no good reason to do that
      next is what? Sébastien Loeb coming to drive RBR?!! noooo I love WRC just as much
        • 5 Years Ago
        The rumor is that Barrichello and Rosberg are going to switch seats. I don't think we'll be hearing much about that until Brawn GP takes both championships.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i'm not an alonso fan, never was, never will no matter what!!

      the Scuderia could have gotten someone else maybe better than him for much less than what they would be paying alonso. there are a lot of drivers out there way much better and who is a team player.

      oh well, nothing i can do about this since its final already. i will always be a ferrari guy! so i hope massa returns for next year and does better!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a die hard Ferrari fan but I will have to support Brawn fully for the entire time that Alonso is with the Scuderia.

      I don't think that Alonso is a bad driver but after the whole Mclaren fiasco I cannot support him. I couldn't believe that a 2 time WDC would be such a cry baby about his rookie teammate, I lost all respect for him during that season.

      I just hope Massa doesn't get shafted by Alonso's need to be number 1 within the team.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like i have to go back supporting McLaren then
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm with you. I am a Kimi supporter. Cant stand Alonso.
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow next year has the potential to be great. LH/Kimi v. Alonso/Massa.

      LH Mclaren till I die
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, us McLaren fans will be happy to have the old Ice Man back. Alonso is a very good driver... arguably the best, but he's way too spoiled. I dunno how it's gonna work out for him over at Ferrari because they love Massa & I'm not so sure the Scuderia will be willing to give Alonso the clear #1 status he loves so much. He'll have to earn it. I'll just be happy when next season starts & we'll be back to real racing. This year's championship is nothing but a test & tune for everyone except Brawn & RBR, & with the top teams very close to being equal now, it's not gonna be a runaway for old Jensen. God, I hope Rubens beats him this year... I've never liked Button. When he does well, it's all him but as soon as he does poorly then it's the car's fault.
        • 5 Years Ago
        totally agree with you though not a big fan of Kimi. I respect him but he can be hit or miss with his motivation.
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