• Sep 30, 2009
In a deal that seems to have been years in the making, Ferrari has finally made an official announcement: Fernando Alonso will be driving for the Prancing Horse in 2010. Rumors of Alonso going to the team from Maranello started back during the Spaniard's first stint with Renault, but circumstances with driver lineups didn't allow for it. Instead, Alonso went to McLaren for one very unhappy season before returning to France.

Since then, Alonso's fortunes have been mixed and stories of the Italian job have persisted. According to official statements from Ferrari today, an agreement had been reached earlier in the summer for Alonso to move to the Italian team in 2011. However, recent circumstances with the so-called Crashgate fiasco and the departure of team boss Flavio Briatore and sponsor ING have caused the date to be moved ahead a year. Alonso's Ferrari deal runs for three years.

As expected, current driver Kimi Raikkonen will be departing a year before the end of his contract, although his future remains uncertain. Recent rumors have had him returning to McLaren, although earlier this year it was thought he might switch to the World Rally Championship.

[Source: Ferrari | Source Image: Vanderlei AlmeidaAFP/Getty]

press release

Maranello, 30th September 2009 - Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that it has reached an agreement with the driver Fernando Alonso. The agreement covers three racing seasons, starting in 2010.

The Scuderia's driver line-up next season will therefore be made up of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, with Giancarlo Fisichella in the role of reserve driver.

Kimi Raikkonen will leave the team at the end of this current season, after what has been a rewarding and fruitful partnership, which saw him win the Drivers' title in 2007. He also played a key role in Ferrari's taking of the Constructor's title that same year and in 2008.

"We are very proud to welcome to our team another winning driver, who has demonstrated his amazing talent by winning two World Championships in his career to date," said Stefano Domenicali. "Of course, we wish to thank Kimi for everything he has done during his time with Ferrari: in his first year with us, he managed to win the Drivers' title, thus making his contribution to Ferrari's history and he played a vital role in our taking of the Constructors' title in 2007 and 2008. Even during a difficult season like this one, he has demonstrated his great talent, with several good results, including a great win in Spa and we are sure that we can share more good times together in the final three races of this season."

"With common consent, we have agreed to terminate the contract binding me to Ferrari to the end of 2010, one year ahead of schedule," said Kimi Raikkonen. "I am very sad to be leaving a team with which I have spent three fantastic years, during which time I won plenty of races. Together, we have won 50% of the world titles in that period and I managed to take the Drivers' title in 2007, thus achieving the target I had set myself at the start of my career. I have always felt at home with everyone here and I will have many happy memories of my time with the team." \

Fernando Alonso to Ferrari.com: "Very happy and very proud "

Maranello, 30 September 2009 - Fernando Alonso, just announced as the new official Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver, who will drive next to Felipe Massa as of the 2010 season, spoke to Ferrari.com: "I'm very happy and very proud to become a Ferrari driver. Driving a single-seater from the Prancing Horse is everybody's dream in this sport and today I have the opportunity to make this dream come true. Above all I want to thank Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, who really wanted this 3-year contract. We already had an agreement this summer starting in

2011, but then, the last days, the picture changed and we decided to anticipate my arrival in Maranello by one year.

The years at Renault were fantastic: together we won four World Titles (two Drivers' and as many Constructors' Championships) until this day, 21 Grands Prix. I wish the team all the best and let's hope we gain some good results in the last races this year.

After this season I will put all my effort in the next season: I'm sure that, together with Felipe, we'll offer Ferrari and the fans from all over the world some great satisfaction. I can't wait to start working with my new team."



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't like to see Alonso in Ferrari.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never been his biggest fan, but glad he's joining the Scuderia. I'm gonna miss Kimi though...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same here. Kimi is my favorite driver so I was so glad when he joined Ferrari. I was also happy to see him win his championship in a Ferrari.

        Hopefully he can get back to being that fearless driver that he was at McLaren and come up with more drives like the 2004? Japanese GP.

        Like him or not Alonso can really drive especially when the car is not as good as it should be.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kimi's most amazing moment, in my opinion, was the belgian gp in 2004. It was his most amazing win; chasing down Michael Schumacher and passing him at Eau Rogue at full speed. Simply brilliant!

        Kimi is a very competitive driver. Give him the best car and he'll just gives you quick times lap after lap. It was apparent when he drove to his world championship, and the 2003 and 2005 season when he came in second respectively to Schumacher and Alonso.

        But, having said that, give him a mediocre car and he won't even bother.

        I hope Kimi gets a good car to drive next season, he deserves one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      be sure that we will see him wining again the wolrd championship, IMO he's the best driver on race in actual f1 grid
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kimi for McLaren!! or hes going to go rally
        • 5 Years Ago
        The perfect place for a cheat-happy primadonna. I'll love watching Alonso take down Ferrari from the inside!
        • 5 Years Ago
        uhh wtf are you talking about?
        I'm guessing your calling alonso the cheat..I've never heard of Kimi cheating...Alonso i feel has humbled out quite a bit...yes he was putting himself on a pedestal after championship #2...but no matter what anyone says...this will always hold true:

        Give Alonso or Kimi a car and despite it's setup they are going to run balls out. It may not always look like they are performing but when kimi makes no mistakes and has a good personal race and comes in 6th place people think he sucks...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Does anyone remember Alonso crying that Hamilton was getting a better car from McLaren? How about him sitting in the pit box like a spoiled brat who'd pissed his pants, preventing his teammate from qualifying. Hamilton made him look like a fool on track and he couldn't accept that. How about accepting the illegal info from Ferrari and then threatening to go public if he didn't get his way. I was a huge Alonso fan until his true nature showed itself.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes finally! Love him or hate him, he's an amazing driver and I've been dying to see what he could do in a Ferrari.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No more excuses. If the "best driver in F1" doesn't deliver the WDC next year = fail.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh come on... I think anyone should be given a year to get familiar with the team and the car. :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This caption is hilarious.
      I am dying laughing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else find it ironic that it was the spring from HIS car that impaled Massa?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Damn, I could have sworn that was Alonso's Renault that left the debris. Perhaps I am thinking about his flying wheel incident?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it was from Barichello's Brawn F1 car
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, it was not from Alonso´s car. It was from Rubens Barichelo´s.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Spring was from Ruben's car, Alonso had a wheel come off after a pitstop when the aerodynamic device ("spinner"?) wasn't locked into place and spun around, undoing the nut
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are wrong. Although Alonso did lose a wheel at that very track during raceday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How nice to blame everything on Nando, your personal hate figure? Looks like you didnt even watch the right race. The spring came from Rubens's Brawn GP car.


        http://www.alonso-planet.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Er...what? The spring that went into Massa's head dropped from Rubens Barrichello's car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alonso is the only real pilot in F1 today with any chance of being legendary. His drives are pure instinct and emotion. He is the perfect match for Ferrari and has the talent to brin g the team back to the fore, that despite being lackluster this season. Championship or no, Kimi has been a real disappointment and I hope he lands in a bottom tier seat fore the rest of his career.

      Hamilton is a ego-maniacal douchenozzle that'll be best remembered for being Black...and an utter bore behind the wheel.

      • 5 Years Ago
      As many have already pointed out, Massa/Alonso vs. Hamilton/Raikkonen vs. Brawn vs. Red Bull would be incredible to watch next year. I hope it all happens.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just got a boner. Spanish F1 fans have wanted this for...almost 5 years (since he won his first WDC). It's almost like a dream.
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