Honda let him down last year.
There was just one conflict, so Fuji race changed its date for him
Even at a team like Ferrari (which has more grand prix victories to its name than any other team in Formula One – 217 to be specific), every win counts. Especially these days when they're far more scarce than they were in the Michael Schumacher days of back-to-back championships. So when Fernando Alonso took home the checkered flag in Malaysia this past weekend, there was cause for celebration in Maranello.
Three words: Fastest. Ferrari. Ever.
Ferrari factory drivers are used to racing in all sorts of conditions: under the baking sun, in the pouring rain, at night and at sunset. Competing in the snow has historically been beyond their usual purview, but then again, Ferrari never made an all-wheel-drive vehicle before. That's where the FF comes in.
It's never too late for some Christmas cheer from the Ferrari Formula One team, and it's certainly not too early to hear about what it expects to do in the 2012 season. After a brief intro, the 15-minute(!) video turns to Ferrari CEO and Italian prime ministerial candidate Luca di Montezemolo's musings on 2011, starting with "I've been extremely unhappy with what happened" this year, admitting he still has nightmares about the last race of 2010.
The Ferrari 599 has given birth to a staggering array of variants. There was the original GTB Fiorano. Then the HGTE with improved handling dynamics. There was the China edition, the HY-KERS concept, the 599XX track car, the GTO and two roadster variants: the P540 Superfast and the SA Aperta. But while the entire 599 range is expected to be replaced soon, rumor has it there could be one final variant in the pipeline to see it off in grand style.
Few things inspire as much rumor and conjecture as the hiring and firing of Formula 1 drivers. This one's going here, that one's staying there, one is hired and another is fired. But Fernando Alonso seems to have his seat secure for the foreseeable future.
Abarth 695 Tributo Ferrari presented to Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa – Click above for high-res image gallery
Lance Stroll in the Ferrari karting challenge, Montreal – Click above or below for high-res image gallery
After winning three out of the seven races so far this season and topping both championship standings, Red Bull's dynamic duo of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber must be looking mighty tempting to any number of rival teams on the grid. But the most alluring, according to recent reports, could be Ferrari.
It's not terribly uncommon for famous people to insure a body part (or, ya know, a pair of 'em) that's necessary for them to continue moving forward with their career. For instance, we have no qualms whatsoever with Heidi Klum's policy that insures her priceless legs for $2.2 million. On the other hand, we're not so sure Michael Flatley's kickers are worth their reported $39 million policy.
Fernando Alonso with his new Maserati GranCabrio – Click above for high-res image gallery
Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso lap Valencia in the 2010 Scuderia Ferrari F10 – Click above for high-res image gallery
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.
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.