Two-time Formula One world champion is expected to sign for Ferrari this week
29 September 2009

Ferrari is set to confirm Fernando Alonso as one of its drivers for next season at this weekend’s Japanese grand prix.

The two-time Formula One world champion has been hotly tipped to join Ferrari from Renault and the deal is now all but confirmed according to Maranello boss Stefano Domenicali.

He said: “I think that as soon as we are ready we will let you know. We don't want to wait too long."

Kimi Raikkonen's lawyers are finalising a deal with Ferrari to release the 2007 world champion from his contract a year early and Alonso is expected to be confirmed when this deal is announced.

Renault's stand-in managing director Jean-Francois Caubet said it would be sad to see the Spaniard leave having won the title twice with the French team in 2005 and 2006.

"I think Fernando will miss Renault and Renault will miss Fernando,” he said. Renault is expected to confirm Robert Kubica when Alonso’s move to Ferrari goes through.

Meanwhile, Domenicali hasn’t completely ruled out Brazilian Felipe Massa making an unexpected return to action this year.

When asked if Massa had a chance of racing this year, he said: “It is too early to say that. We need to see it step-by-step, and we don't have to anticipate anything.

"He will be back 100 percent but there is no need to anticipate anything if there is something that is not ready.

"I don't want to exclude anything, but we need to be cautious."

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29 September 2009

alonso will be good. but recently i have been thinking tha kimi is better than i though this year, as the ferarri seems to be a very difficult car to drive, look at fisi, he is nowhere near kimi, and luca had no speed at all. so kini will be good for mclaren. massa will also be good next year.

looking forward to next year already , but they need to make the rear wings even smaller to take away more downforce, to allow closer racing. for sure. ( love that f1 phrase).

29 September 2009

Feranado 'unfortunately linked to all forms of F1 cheating' Alonso must be like a dog with two dicks now he's about to join the team that never get punished for anything.

What a shame because he's clearly a talented boy too.

29 September 2009

Ferrari for both titles next year, Alonso should regain the driver's title. The best driver on the grid, he is worth 2 - 3 tenths a lap over Massa, who has consistently outpaced Kimi, even though Kimi is faster than Massa, he hasn't shown it since 2007. The thing about Alonso, just like Schumacher, is that when things go wrong he can make the best of a bad situation, when things go wrong for Massa he tends to fall apart. If it is Ferrari vs McLaren next year again it will be a great battle between these 4 big guns just like in 2007.

29 September 2009

Formula 1's worst kept secret will soon be public knowledge!!!

Though as mentioned, the idea of Teflonso Vs Massa at Ferrari and Lewis Vs Kimi at Mclaren, makes for an exciting consept, even if BMW will be pulling out :(

I need to find a new team to support

29 September 2009

I don't want to be associate with a cheat. I'm going to have to burn all my Ferrari gear.

Alonso is the most over rated driver out there. He's good, but not brilliant. I can see toys flying out the pram as Massa beats him. And he won't have uncle Flavio to run back to either!

29 September 2009

"..Spanish radio station Cadena Ser is reporting that Fernando Alonso will be paid 25 million € by Ferrari and his contract with the Italian team will be made official on Thursday. Despite the sum, it is less than Kimi Raikkonen who he replaces, but more than he has been collecting with Renault.

Fernando Alonso will take with him technicians from a selection of other teams, chosen personally by him.

The driver from Asturias is reported to have signed for five years, with the option of one more. Such a long contract is unusual in the sport, and would take Fernando to 34, indicating the end of his Formula One career..."

29 September 2009

[quote Symanski]I don't want to be associate with a cheat[/quote]

How is he a cheat?

[quote Symanski]Alonso is the most over rated driver out there[/quote]

Take a look at Button and Barrichello for that one.

Looks like Alonso is the new Schumacher for the Brits ;-)

The new hate figure, because he is the best.

29 September 2009

[quote blasos1983]How is he a cheat?[/quote]

Knew about Ferrari data being used at McLaren and said he didn't. Then threatened Ron Dennis about it, and Ron then told Max Mosley.

Secondly, held Hamilton back in a pit stop during qualifying to ensure that he didn't get beaten by the rookie.

Thridly, I'm sure it will come out that he knew about Piquet's plan, and we know he won that race because of the cheating.

[quote blasos1983]Looks like Alonso is the new Schumacher for the Brits ;-)[/quote]

Schumacher was the best driver of his generation. No comparison

[quote blasos1983] The new hate figure, because he is the best.[/quote]

Thanks, needed a laugh!

29 September 2009

[quote Symanski]Schumacher was the best driver of his generation. No comparison[/quote]

Yes, I agree that Schumacher is the best driver of his and all generations, but comparison can still be made with Alonso. Both worked their way to the top, both won 2 titles with Renault/Benetton teams run by Briatore, both are able to drag a dog of a car to a good position.

[quote Symanski]Thanks, needed a laugh! [/quote]

You must mean you are laughing at the parts of your posts which I have quoted, yes, they are quite funny ;-)

[quote Symanski]

Knew about Ferrari data being used at McLaren and said he didn't. Then threatened Ron Dennis about it, and Ron then told Max Mosley.

Secondly, held Hamilton back in a pit stop during qualifying to ensure that he didn't get beaten by the rookie.

Thridly, I'm sure it will come out that he knew about Piquet's plan, and we know he won that race because of the cheating.

[/quote]

Number 2 is the only part proven to be true, the rest is conjecture ;-)

About 25% of your post is accurate, do better next time ;-)

29 September 2009

[quote blasos1983]Number 2 is the only part proven to be true, the rest is conjecture ;-)[/quote]

The first part is proven too, Blasos, it was discussion/information contained in e-mails that Fernando Alonso had that ultimately hung McLaren.

That said, there are some that believe that Fernando Alonso was the only person associated with McLaren throughout 2007 that acted upon and derived any benefit from the possession of the entire production information of a rival's car. Everyone else in McLaren was entirely innocent.

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