Currently reading: Alonso/Ferrari deal imminent
Contract reportedly signed in 2008; deal could be announced today or tomorrow

Fernando Alonso’s widely-tipped moved to Ferrari from Renault is expected to be confirmed within the next 48 hours, according to Maranello sources.

The double world champion has reportedly signed a two year deal with the Italian firm and he will earn an annual salary in the region of 19-25 million euro (£17.3-22.8m).

Alonso's contract runs to the end of 2011, but there are options for a further three years, which could mean he will drive for Ferrari until the end of 2014, when he will be 33.

A Ferrari spokesman said: "At this moment, there is nothing we can say. In the last few weeks, something has changed. We are talking to the drivers and when it is the proper time we will make an announcement."

Alonso will team up with the recovering Felipe Massa in 2010, with Kimi Raikkonen poised to return to McLaren. Alonso will be replaced at Renault by Polish driver Robert Kubica, who will switch from the outgoing BMW Sauber team.

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montgomery 30 September 2009

Re: Alonso/Ferrari deal imminent

Very sorry to see Kimi leave Ferrari. No doubt he's as talented as Alonso but he does seem to lack concentration/motivation at times. Ferrari have got the right driver with Alonso in my opinion.

kdwilcox 30 September 2009

Re: Alonso/Ferrari deal imminent

Here we go again,all the Alonso haters are having another fit.

What will happen next year?,who knows,we will have new cars

whose weight will be much higher,no fuel stops.

What teams will be able to get the new car to run well,once

again we do not know!

All this rubbish about one driver is better than this other driver,in this

years cars ,yes,we can all say that,but not in next years cars.

Lets wait and see.

Colonel Snappy 30 September 2009

Re: Alonso/Ferrari deal imminent

And that's the point: some races, Raikkonen will blow Hamilton (and everyone else) away, some he won't. That's the way he is, nobody really knows why.