Spaniard wants to end his career at the Italian team
1 October 2009

Fernando Alonso wants to stay at Ferrari until he retires, the Spanish driver has said after confirming he would switch to the Maranello team in 2010.

The 28-year-old will replace Kimi Raikkonen, who has said he may leave Formula 1 altogether, and has signed a three-year contract with an option to stay until the end of 2014.

"Hopefully I can continue as long as I want and I can finish my career here with a lot of wins," Alonso told reporters in Japan.

"I really think that Ferrari will be my last team, as I said, leaving Ferrari to change teams is a step backwards. Ferrari is more than a team and I want to finish my career there."

Speaking ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Alonso said he would like to match Michael Schumacher achievements at Ferrari.

"It will obviously not be easy and I would like to do the same as Michael, by winning many championships, but I think that it will be very difficult," Alonso said.

"I will go there to be in the best team possible for my career and Ferrari and I share many things together, such as the passion for competition and to give 100 per cent every race. I think that this is the best destination of my career."

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1 October 2009

Won't this depend on how quick Massa is once he gets back in the car? If Massa does a Hamilton on him I think we'll see the long face again and potential for tantrums!

1 October 2009

Alonso is correct, he won't leave.

He'll be sacked mid season for dropping the team in the doggy doo over something illegal.

Like he always does.

1 October 2009

[quote amble]Won't this depend on how quick Massa is once he gets back in the car?[/quote]

I *sooo* hope he's exceptionally quick. We know that Massa with a clear track is fast, I just hope he's lost none of that but gained overtaking skills too.

Come on Massa!

1 October 2009

Of course some Ferrari drivers never left Ferrari, in the forties, fifties and sixties even they were killed!,found this out reading a book by A.J Biame called "Go like hell!" and it paints a rather macabre picture of what it meant to be a driver for not just Ferrari but Ford aswell, yes i agree petulance will prevail if Massa outshines the Matador, but it won't matter a jot to team Ferrari.

Peter Cavellini.

1 October 2009

Mass is a great driver and a great character. But if I've read correctly, he (and Kimi) is not quite able to develop a car like Alonso (and, of course, the great Schumi). This is where Nando's strength will help the Scuderia in building a competetive machine again.

Can't wait for the two guys to race each other - just hope no dummies get spat out....

1 October 2009

Didn't Kimi say much the same thing when he first arrived at Ferrari?

1 October 2009

Kimi's defected to a more sucessful team.... He's going up in the world!

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