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Nationality ESP
Born 29.07.1981, Oviedo

Races:

Date Round Ferrari S/N No Team Result
14.03.2010
Grand Prix of Bahrain
F10
283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
28.03.2010
Grand Prix of Australia
F10
283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.
04.04.2010
Grand Prix of Malaysia
F10
283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
13./retired/engine
18.04.2010
Grand Prix of China
F10
283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.
09.05.2010
Grand Prix of Spain
F10
283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
16.05.2010
Grand Prix of Monaco
F10
282
Practice: 283
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
6.
30.05.2010
Grand Prix of Turkey
F10
282
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
8.
13.06.2010
Grand Prix of Canada
F10
282
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
27.06.2010
Grand Prix of Europe
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
8.
11.07.2010
Grand Prix of Great Britain
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
14.
25.07.2010
Grand Prix of Germany
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
01.08.2010
Grand Prix of Hungary
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
29.08.2010
Grand Prix of Belgium
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
not classified/accident
12.09.2010
Grand Prix of Italy
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
26.09.2010
Grand Prix of Singapore
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
10.10.2010
Grand Prix of Japan
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
24.10.2010
Grand Prix of Korea
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
07.11.2010
Grand Prix of Brazil
F10
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
14.11.2010
Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
F10
285
8
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
7.
             
27.03.2011
Grand Prix of Australia
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.
10.04.2011
Grand Prix of Malaysia
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
5.
17.04.2011
Grand Prix of China
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
7.
08.05.2011
Grand Prix of Turkey
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
22.05.2011
Grand Prix of Spain
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
5.
29.05.2011
Grand Prix of Monaco
288
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
12.06.2011
Grand Prix of Canada
290 (288 Friday)
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
retired/accident
26.06.2011
Grand Prix of Europe
290
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
10.07.2011
Grand Prix of Great Britain
290
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1.
24.07.2011
Grand Prix of Germany
290
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
31.07.2011
Grand Prix of Hungary
290
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
28.08.2011
Grand Prix of Belgium
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.
11.09.2011
Grand Prix of Italy
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
25.09.2011
Grand Prix of Singapore
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.
09.10.2011
Grand Prix of Japan
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
16.10.2011
Grand Prix of Korea
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
5.
30.10.2011
Grand Prix of India
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3.
13.11.2011
Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
2.
27.11.2011
Grand Prix of Brazil
291
5
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4.

 

Tweet tweet: Face to face with Fernando

Posted: 17.04.2013
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 17 April – Today we publish the second part of a meeting in two chapters which Fernando Alonso has prepared for those fans who follow him on Twitter, the social network which the Ferrari man has used for over a year now to communicate with the world. In an extract from the virtual chats to which over the past few days he has invited friends and fans and which in the space of less than 48 hours attracted around eleven thousand questions, Fernando tells it how it is, from memories of childhood, favourite holidays and pizzas, in order to feel closer to all those whose support has always added a special something to his will to do well in life and in his work.

@isadoracl
What is your best childhood memory?
FA: My best memories are from my school days. When I played football during break time with my friends, birthday parties, where my friends and family would come together, Christmas…

@elcosmopolitasa
What is happiness for you Alonso?
FA: For me, happiness is to be able to enjoy my family. What I need to be happy is for all of them to be healthy and for me to enjoy what I do every day. Races can give you satisfaction as a result of a job well done or disappointment if the contrary occurs. But I really find happiness outside of my job.

@Ruben_173
What is most important in your life, your family or work?
FA: On a scale of 100%, my family takes up 99% and work 1%. I give work all my dedication and I always try to perform to my best, but my family is always on top; it’s always my absolute priority.

@08181
In what country do you pay your taxes?
FA: I love this question! It always comes up! I pay taxes in the country I live in, like everyone else. I’ve been travelling around the world for many years, working since I was small; always keeping out a watchful eye and here I am, with a perfect record. Thanks for the question!!

@Ruben08mzn
Do you know, more or less, when your museum-circuit will be ready in Asturias?
FA: It’s something that doesn’t only depend on me or my collaborators. What we had to do, as I explained in other interviews, we’ve already done. Our work is already done. But we will be in Asturias soon. We thought this through a lot because we want to share with all of you that part of my sporting career which many may never have the opportunity of knowing. After a lot of work, the Foundation (Fundación Fernando Alonso) has reached an agreement with the Canal de Isabel II and, towards the end of this year, we will inaugurate an exposition in Madrid where many of the cars I’ve driven will be on display: my first kart, my F1 cars from 1999 to 2011…Besides my trophies, some of my helmets, boots and gloves will also be on display. Even my first overall which was sewn by my mother for my first competition when I was three! There will also be road safety activities for kids. I hope you like it. At the end of the day, without your support, none of these victories would have tasted as good. What better way to thank you than by sharing it with you!

@f1nal_lap
A life without doing sport is?
FA: Sport, generally, is synonymous of health, well-being and for me it represents the best way of “speaking” to yourself. Sport improves the quality of your life; it cleans your mind and body. I consider it highly recommendable.

@paulagcantalejo
How many hours of sport do you do every week?
FA: On Grand Prix weeks I tend to do 5 hours, besides practice sessions, qualifying and the GP of course. When I spend a week at home, I complete between 15 and 20 hours of sport.
@Mooolina
On a relaxing day off have you ever swapped going out for a run for a couple of hours on the Playstation?
FA: Of course! Whenever I can! The days are very long and I’ve normally got time for a bit of everything. I usually spend my mornings doing sport and in the afternoons leisurely activities…which of course includes Playstation!
@Lili_Tim
Do you watch NBA? And which club do you support?
FA: Yes, I like basketball a lot in general, as a fan and as a player. Every now and then I like to take part in games. And I love the NBA, I’ve spent a lot of nights awake watching games. My favourite team? The Los Angeles Lakers.

@appotumus
Do you watch American sports, if so, which is your favourite?
FA: Yes, I love the NBA. I think it’s a really entertaining spectacle. As I’ve already said, basketball is one of my favourite sports.

@MARIOTETEGUAPO
Who is your current favourite player? And retired legend? #NBA
FA: Well that’s quite a tough question…Probably Kobe Bryant. Our great Pau Gasol also deserves a special mention. What he’s done and what I’m sure he’s still going to achieve deserves a lot of credit. And out of the legends, Michael Jordan. That number 23 for the Bulls made me dream as a kid!

@GomezCampillo14
What do you feel when swapping a team that gave you a Megane for one that gives you a Ferrari? Haha
FA: Well…they didn’t give me Renault cars and they don’t give me Ferraris now! It is true that now and again, for a couple of weeks, they give you a car that the brand has just released to promote it but until now, every car I’ve wanted to have in my garage I’ve had to pay for.

@MAguerri55
What road car which you have driven has impressed you most?
FA: The road car which has impressed me most is the LaFerrari. It’s a spectacular car; I honestly think a long time will have to go by until we see a car on the market with similar qualities.

@guille31794
Have you tested LaFerrari yet? What’s it like driving that machine? Is it a thoroughbred at the level of the F50 or F40?
FA: Yes, I was able to take part in the development of the car and give some directions which were finally adopted. Besides, amongst the team of designers is one of my best friends, so I’ve followed the project from day one.

@william_penna
If you had to choose one of the countries that you’ve got to know through F1 to live in, bar Spain, which would you pick?
FA: To visit, I really like Japan. To live, if I couldn’t live in Spain, I’d live in Italy. It’s the most similar to Spain.

@jupsanchez
Where would you spend your holidays in Spain other than Asturias?
FA: Asturias is always top of the list, without a doubt! 😉 I also think the Canary Islands are an ideal destination.

@Uckeritta
What languages do you speak?
FA: I speak Spanish, Italian, English and French. And I’m improving my Russian!

@elisacallen
A question I’ve asked you since you started in this…what is your favourite music, film and series?
FA: Here it goes:
-Series: Lost
-Film: Hannibal
-Music: Pop, Spanish music in general.

@Mr_Waits
How big is your neck?
FA: Hehehe…You’re not the first person to ask! It is 41 cm in diameter.

@_sergiolis_
Where do you find those sized caps?
FA: In any shop! I’ve always found all the commotion created with this really funny! You have to see the funny side 😉 My helmet and cap size is M, and is usually smaller than that of my teammates. I’ve always found all this confusion funny.

@ReginaF1addict
I’ve always been curious as to what size clothes you wear
FA: I’ve got size 42 shoes (8 in the UK). As for shirts, jumpers, etc, I wear an M.

@alvarodma
What is your favourite pizza? Where have you eaten what you would consider the best pizza in the world?
FA: Hmmmm…Maybe a “simple” one, with not too many ingredients, like a Margherita, or just with ham. I think I recall eating the best pizza in the world at a restaurant we usually go to in Monza. Spectacular! 😉

@therealrenz
Don’t you get tired of sleeping at hotels all the time?
FA: Formula 1 is probably the competition that chooses the most disperse locations on the planet to celebrate its events. Airplanes, hotels, waiting rooms, transfers…It’s probably the most tiring and worst aspect of F1. But we’re already quite used to it and we take it well.

@AlvGar89
Do you stay at the same hotels every year at each circuit?
FA: Normally, yes. It’s been twelve seasons now going to the same hotels, and at many Grands Prix, going to the same rooms…

@ASapena
Do you always manage your social networks??… Thanks for being close to your fans!!
FA: Thanks to you guys for your support!! Yes, of course I manage them. Always! I’ve already said it on numerous occasions. In my opinion, it would be very daft to spend time taking photos, explaining my sport sessions or mentioning my feelings towards different things that happen to me and then have to send it to another person for them to post it! Another thing is that on occasions I may ask someone from my entourage to take a photo of me in moments where, obviously, I can’t take them (in the car ready to leave the garage, running, on my bike…). My intention when I opened my Twitter and Facebook accounts and my website was to bring you guys closer to me, for you to always know the truth of my whereabouts or what I’m doing and to receive your comments. I think you guys have a lot to say and you always contribute. How then could I let someone else write for me! It would make no sense.

@Alessandra_fed
How would you describe your adventure on Twitter in three adjectives?
FA: I think three adjectives aren’t enough. I hope to answer your question by saying that I think it’s the perfect channel for me to communicate with my fans directly, with no middle men, as I’ve already said on other occasions. It also gives me the chance to “listen” to all of you, something that is really important.

@Grzechu_s
Fernando what do you think about future of Robert Kubica?
Best regards from Poland
FA: Thanks Grzechu. I hope that Robert’s future will be simply fantastic. After the serious accident he suffered, he’s a driver that, because of his strength and personality, is missed dearly. Hopefully we will see Robert back in F1 very soon! He deserves it; he’s an example of fighting and overcoming obstacles.
@IsaacIssy
Are you currently a better friend of Lewis than when he was your teammate or have you always had the same relationship?
FA: Mine and Lewis’ relationship has always been similar: one of respect and cordiality.

@Paula_fanAlo
Are you still in touch with drivers that you coincided with in other categories?
FA: Generally, yes. More with some than others, which is normal. But I keep in touch with all of them, especially those who have been my teammates.
@David_Y_95
Are there any decisions you made in your career that you now regret?
FA: The truth is no. Luckily, every decision I’ve made has turned out to be the right one in time. Some before others, but I don’t feel I’ve made mistakes.

@lukebarry97
How would you like to be remembered when the day comes that you retire?
FA: That’s something that each person will decide for themselves. And, like with everyone, each person will remember you in a different way…;)

 

Tweet tweet: Fernando answers!
The professional life of Alonso

Posted: 10.04.2013
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 10 April – The pace with which methods of communication have developed over the past ten years is close to the speed of a Formula 1 car. We are in the digital era and the ways to transfer information are going through a continual shift – with the internet’s arrival accelerating development and extending this process even further. There is no longer any limit to space and time. Among the latest platforms, social media is certainly one of the most important and meaningful examples. In these ‘virtual town squares’, on Twitter to be precise, the Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has earned a leading position within the world of Formula 1. The number of his ‘followers’ is growing with every day that passes: admirers and fans who follow the professional exploits, stories and moments from the personal life of the two-time world champion. Fernando decided to start his official Twitter account, called @alo_oficial, with the simple intent of entering into direct contact with all his fans and recounting the experiences and the anecdotes from his daily life – in the first person. The birth of the Spaniard’s virtual profile dates back to last year: from the very first day it was welcomed with extraordinary enthusiasm by his fans. Ever since that moment there has been an exponential growth that has brought the number of Alonso’s ‘followers’ to 1,573,427 – with people scattered all over the world. And who knows how many there will be tomorrow! Another factor that marks out the active interest of Fernando’s ‘followers’ is the amount of views and comments that greet the Asturian driver’s customary virtual press conferences.

These are published under the now famous label – it would be better to say ‘hashtag’ – of #askAlo and #preguntaAlo. On this occasion, the chance for Fernando’s fans to pose questions lasted a few days. In the first hour of the ‘Twitter-conference’ the driver had already received 3,450 questions of a total of almost 11,000 that came through in just under two days in Italian, Spanish, English and Portuguese. Following a vital and painstaking selection process in collaboration with the Ferrari driver’s personal website, www.fernandoalonso.com, the questions and answers will be published in two interviews: the first, with queries linked to Fernando’s professional life, follows here. The second, with questions pertaining more to the driver’s personal life, will be published in the coming days on both the websites. For anyone who wants to know our Fernando better… happy reading!

@LukeWormald: Have you ever been afraid/scared while racing?

FA: Yes. Sometimes, when it’s raining a lot and you’re racing behind someone…you have no visibility! In those moments, you have a sense of inevitable respect and concern.

@ally_cu: What’s the worst accident you’ve ever had?

FA: Without a doubt my crash in Brazil in 2003. I was very lucky to come away unscathed from Interlagos, I didn’t even brake a bone. It was the biggest accident of my career. I remember there were loads of pieces of the car scattered on the track. I was unable to dodge a tyre and then the rest happened very quickly. After impacting the tyre, the car flew into the barriers on the left, then crossed the track and crashed into the wall on the right. I was a little bit groggy when I got out of the car and in pain but I knew nothing was broken. My only concern was calming down my family with a gesture reassuring that all was well.

@Ste_chan_ : If you could choose any driver from the past to race against who would you pick? And why? Thanks Fer :)))

FA: I would pick Senna. He was the best. Thank you Ste_chan!

@WhosCeejayReyes: Michael Schumacher or Ayrton Senna?

FA: Ayrton, without a doubt.

@thanksfernando: Which #Ferrari do you prefer? #f60 #f150 #f2012 #f138? And which Ferrari of the past would you want to drive?

FA: The F10 is the best car I have driven. If we’re talking about trying them out…I think that the Ferrari F2004 would be the chosen one.

@gordo_l: If you could choose a winning car from another F1 era, which one would you pick?

FA: I would pick a Ferrari. The best cars which have won have mostly been Ferraris.

@ngtvk: What has changed the most from your first years in F1 to now?

FA: There’s an area which has gained more and more importance: aerodynamics. The horsepower of the cars also…

@ChChCharli : Throughout your entire life and career, who have you enjoyed racing against most?

FA: The best duels have always been in my karting races. Very, very fun!!!

@Sirius_spa: Has anything changed now that there are 3 Spanish drivers in the team? Have you imported anything typically Spanish?

FA: Hahaha, no! Nothing has changed, we’re still clearly a minority. It’s us who have to adapt…;)

@Paula_fanAlo: What virtue of Pedro, Marc Gené, Felipe Massa, Vettel, Hamilton and Kimi would you highlight?

FA: They’re all drivers with great talent, who are capable of making the most of cars that aren’t quite perfect.

@jamie_wigg93: If you could include one circuit that isn’t currently on the F1 calendar, which would it be?

FA: I would love to race at Mugello. I know the circuit well and it’s more than prepared, in every aspect, to be on the calendar.

@ChefBlake_F1: What did you really think of the Austin circuit and did you really like the city?

FA: I think the track at Austin is fantastic. The Circuit of the Americas is full of great challenges, especially in the first sector. The atmosphere during the Grand Prix week, the city and the weekend in general is one of the best in the whole year. I think it was a great move for Formula 1 to return to the United States.

@Patricklanuit: This morning I asked myself how and when you test the car. We only see the official tests. Thank you GENIUS!!!

FA: Thank you @Patricklanuit! That´s all the testing we do! During the season we don’t do any more testing than what you see because we’re not allowed.

@ConsuCalero: What is the average fuel consumption of your car per race? Best regards and all the best!

FA: Thanks ConsuCalero! Close to 200 litres per race. For 315 km…

@gabiolivaresb: If in a non-DRS area you press the DRS button does it activate?

FA: No, it doesn’t activate. The DRS is programmed only for the straights where it is allowed to be used.

@Pablo_I_Torrado: What’s the secret to being quick in the rain?

FA: The secret?…Train a lot in karting! 😉 And that the sensations you get from the car give you the confidence to increase your speed every lap.

@z3n0mal4: How do you feel about next year’s engines? How’s the Ferrari engine looking so far?

FA: The truth is I have no idea. I don’t think we’ll know much until January of 2014. They will be small engines, with less power…quite a task for the technicians!

@HelenGates6661: Don’t you think that with the new engines for next season, Formula 1 is becoming less Formula 1?

FA: Well, the rules always lead towards a reduction in the speed of the cars. It’s a bit strange, yes. But on the other hand, it brings Formula 1’s technology closer to everyday cars on the street.

@Manurocks87: V10, V8 or V6 Turbo?

FA: I choose V10.

@Joorgitoro: How do you know if the lap you’re doing is a good one?

FA: We know thanks to some indicators on the steering wheel. They show you the time difference with regards to the quickest lap you’ve done until then. With every corner you take, you get an update on the new time you’re going to set, therefore you know how you’re doing throughout the entire lap…

@DavidAguilera25: Fer, in competition cars, when you brake and reduce gear why do you also give the throttle a quick tap? THANK YOU

FA: Thank you @DavidAguilera25! This is to avoid blocking the rear tyres. In a race car, a lot is asked of the engine brake and the rear tyres tend to block. You try and compensate by tapping the throttle.

@Artu_Code: Don’t you think it’s better to drive slowly in extreme wet conditions and please the spectators than not run at all?

FA: Hehehe, driving slowly in qualifying for Formula 1, I can tell you right now, is impossible. Slow and qualifying can’t go in the same sentence. Formula 1 cars nowadays, with current aerodynamics and tyres, aren’t prepared for certain amounts of water on a rainy day; that’s been the problem the last few times in races or practice sessions that have been stopped. It’s simply impossible to complete a lap. If, as you say to please spectators, the price to pay is that the 22 drivers on the grid put their lives at stake…then I think it’s not worth it. The only possible option, as much as it may affect everyone, is to restart an hour later or even a day later.

@Manuelmd17 : Why do some drivers get dizzy on simulators?

FA: It’s a reaction of the mind. When a driver is working on the simulator, the image he sees on the screen doesn’t correspond, by a little bit, with the view or force that the memory recalls in a situation where you’re really driving the car. Therefore, the mind receives a stimulation that it isn’t expecting and it reacts by protecting itself. In this case, its protection comes in the form of dizziness and nausea.

@charlessultana: What is your normal routine on race day? i.e. time of arrival at track, any meals/exercise, meetings with engineers etc.

FA: Supposing we’re talking about a race starting at 14:00h, this would be the agenda (up until the race, afterwards we attend the media, have meetings with the engineers…):

-Breakfast: 08:30h
-Circuit: 09:00h
-Sponsors/events: 09:30h
-Lunch: 10:30h
-Strategy reunion: 11:00h
-Greet the fans: 12:20h
-Stretching/changing clothes: 13:00h
-Warm up laps: 13:30h
-Race: 14:00h

@Express91: How do you see the year after your bad luck in the last race? Are your options intact?

FA: It’s looking good; my options, of course, are still intact. Also, the stats show that there are between two and three retirements per season, therefore it would be logical for us to not finish on another Sunday. That would be logical and expected. The season is very long, we’ve only completed two Grands Prix! It happened to Rosberg in Australia, me in Malaysia…This happens to everyone.

@Ath0506: Do you believe you have a car that is able of winning races without a need for extraordinary performances like last year?

FA: Any victory requires an extraordinary performance. Hopefully this year I’ll have the chance to win Grands Prix again.

@xisu_99 : Why did you think it was better to stay on track than come in for a pit-stop?

FA: Once you’ve seen the result, in hindsight, it’s easy to say it would’ve been better to come in for a pit-stop. But it’s a decision that has to be made in a matter of seconds, during which we thought that I could hold on for another lap to make the most of the pit-stop and also switch to dry tyres. In any case, the race simulations state that if I would have stopped to change the nose, I would have finished ninth or tenth, so we didn’t lose anything. The problem wasn’t not coming in; the damage was done in the collision and it’s something that we will try to avoid in the future…;)

@davidgg92: What were you thinking when you were going down the straight at 300 km/h with the nose falling off?

FA: I was thinking about not crashing into Webber. My front tyres weren’t in contact with the ground, I was going at 280 km/h and was running the risk of wiping Mark out, which would have been very dangerous. Luckily the car went straight on.

@tomeu_bover : Have you spoken to Webber after he remembered you on the podium?

FA: I talk to Mark frequently. I thank him for remembering me on the podium. Hopefully we will share many podiums in the future.

@nkmadrid: Was it as special to win in Monza with Ferrari as it was in Valencia, given how you did it and the support you received from everyone?

FA: Yes, they were two very special victories. I remember them with special emotion. When you race at home, and in this case I consider them both my “home”, the support you receive makes it unique.

@MoleroPhoto: What was your hardest moment in F1? McLaren 2007, Minardi 2001 or Benetton 2002?

FA: My hardest “moment” came in 2002, when I was the test driver at Renault. Occupying that test role and seeing the races from the outside, on TV, made it the hardest season by far.

@hanc0502: What is your biggest target in your F1 career? That one that when you retire you can say I DID IT! (YOU’RE THE BEST)

FA: Thanks @hanc0502! Well when I started, I wanted to be World Champion and I’ve achieved that. Therefore when I retire I’ll be able to say: I did it!! 😉

@lapolemista: Would you like to finish your career in F1 or would you like to race in other competitions before you retire?

FA: That’s something I haven’t decided on yet. It depends on how I feel when the moment comes, my personal situation…What I am sure about is that if I continue racing, it will be more for fun than for anything else. But we’ll see about that! There’s plenty of F1 life still in me!

@jodieparker_ : Would you like to end your career at Ferrari?
FA: Yes, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s the best team in the world, there’s nothing above Ferrari.

 

Fernando Alonso joins Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

Posted: 30.09.2009
Source: Ferrari

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 ”

Posted: 30.09.2009
Source: Ferrari

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.”

 

Domenicali: “Alonso, the right choice for the future”

Posted: 30.09.2009
Source: Ferrari

Maranello, 30 September 2009 – As of 2010 Fernando Alonso will be an official Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver as it has been confirmed by today’s press release from Maranello. We spoke to Stefano Domenicali about the choice.

“We’re happy that we made this agreement with Fernando, who is not only a driver of great talent, but also victorious, as he has shown many times throughout his career, also under difficult conditions. His contribution will be very important to bring Ferrari back to the level where it has to be, to fight at the top.”

“How did you come to Alonso?”

“As Chairman Montezemolo said recently, all the great champs want to come to Maranello sooner or later. With Fernando we started talking about a prospective for 2011, but then there were the conditions to anticipate the start of our relationship already as of the upcoming championship, we preferred to take the opportunity.”

“What will the Scuderia’s official formation look like next year?“

“Next to Fernando we’ll have Felipe Massa, who is recovering very quickly to his best physical condition, with Giancarlo Fisichella as the surrogate driver. We believe that this is the best possible couple for a team like ours: Fernando and Felipe are two victorious drivers and they integrate very well with each other and with the team.”

“And Raikkonen? What’s the situation?”

“We spoke with Kimi and agreed to end our contract one year ahead of schedule. The three years together were very intense and successful, culminating with the extraordinary win of the World Championship in 2007 and the decisive contribution to conquering two consecutive Constructors’ titles. This year, although with a car not part of the best on the track, Kimi has shown especially in the second half of the season, what he is able to do: he has given a lot to Ferrari and he received a lot. I’m sure that he will remember this time together with us as one of the most beautiful times in his career, just like we will remember him with affection and admiration as a driver with such extraordinary talent and such an honest, transparent and loyal man deserves.

“What’s the spirit you are going into this last part of the season?”

“We are on the third place in the Constructors’ standings, but we know that it will be difficult to keep it. We’ve seen that there are many teams still developing the cars, while we are putting all our energy in the project for 2010. Furthermore, more than in any other season before, there are many teams fighting for the win, while there are only so many places on the podium. Kimi and Giancarlo have the right stimuli to give it everything in the last three races.

 

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