Fernando Alonso to Ferrari in 2010!

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I had been ignoring the rumor all weekend but thought what the heck?  I might as well post it and we can talk about the realities.

We’re going to call this one a rumor for at least a little while, but wow. We just got wind of this monster deal that would really cause a major stir in the already tumultuous world of Formula One. News of the World just reported that two-time world driving champion Fernando Alonso is leaving McLaren-Mercedes next year. While that was considered a sure thing in the wake of Stepneygate and all, the real shocker is that he isn’t headed to Renault to be reunited with Flavio Briatore as expected. Instead, they have him going to Ferrari of all places. The report says that a cool $40 million was the price to secure Alonso for the scuderia. As they point out, it should be a relatively easy transition for Fernando, who has already been *ahem* studying design features of the Ferrari all season.

With current Ferrari pilot Felipe Massa headed to Toyota, Fernando will be joining current #3 in the driver’s race, Kimi Raikkonen, in ’08. It should make for another interesting battle over who’s number one. The same article that tells of Fernando going to Maranello also bolsters the rumor that Ross Brawn will be stepping up as team manager when Jean Todt leaves at the end of the season. It’s not often that the silly season starts this early, but this has been a very atypical year for the FIA and its premier racing class. We’ll do some digging and see if we can find other sources to back this one up. But until then, this can only make the last three races of the season more compelling TV.

[Source: TopSpeed]

And then this:

They say a rumor repeated often enough will become true. If that’s the case, then one of Ferrari’s drivers had better start updating his CV, because the rumor-mill’s a churnin’ again over Fernando Alonso’s speculated move to the Scuderia. The report was flying around Monte Carlo, where the F1 circus made its most recent stop. But while previous reports placed the two-time world champion in the red racing suit for 2009, the latest reports push that off a year until 2010.

Alonso, of course, beat out Ferrari’s mega-star Michael Schumacher two years in a row to win the world title before leaving Renault for McLaren. That arrangement most famously didn’t work out, resulting in Alonso’s release from his contract and his subsequent return to Renault. The contract was said to be for two years with an out clause after one, but the French team has failed to perform this year and Alonso has scored a paltry nine points six races now into the season. He’s been angling for a Ferrari drive and the Scuderia has been rumored to take a liking to the accomplished Spaniard.

However, the renewed reports raise several questions. Most pressing is which of Ferrari’s current drivers would be given the oust to make room for Alonso? Kimi Raikkonen scored the title for the team, but this year Felipe Massa is following very shortly behind the defending champ. Second to that comes the issue of sportsmanship and teamwork, both of which are highly prized in Maranello and severely lacking in Alonso’s demonstrated character. But while these and other issues seem prohibitive, we wouldn’t be all that surprised to see how quickly they can be dismissed in pursuit of a dominating championship.

[Source: GrandPrix.com,

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Gabrielete
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Neither Kimi or Massa aren’t good enough for Ferrari and Luca knows it. Kimi is too cold blooded and Massa is just not good enough. They need a killer driver, a guy that would crash with Heidfeld like he did in Monte Carlo if he sees a little chance for victory in his . A guy bastard enough to even fuck his team if they don’t want him to win. For sure, that’s Fernando. Fernando is as thirsty for victory as the Scuderia is. That’s perfect for them. Just remember the words of Luca saying that Massa didn’t do enough… Read more »

Frantic
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Whoa, Kimi and Massa are good enough and as good as any other driver on the grid. Ferrari dont need Alonso.

Negative Camber
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For some strange reason, I am trying to get my head around this and ever since we all started talking about it; it just makes sense to me for some reason. I know, I am in the minority but Kimi, as good as he is, just doesn’t seem at ease at Ferrari and Massa, the hottest driver in F1 now, is just too unpredictable. For some reason I think Ferrari want another Schumi they can build a team around and Fernando is that man. No question. The young man can drive the wheels off a car and in the best… Read more »

Architrion
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Architrion

I add another good point, I think. I can’t imagine how much the business would come with a war between Hami_McLaren vs Fernando_Ferrari, but sure it would be the greatest one, not only for Bernie but for both teams. We are talking about the MAJOR RIVALRY of modern times, the most commented on the internet, the most hyped on the media, the most the most the most… You know?

Negative Camber
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All true Arch. Kimi is stunningly good, don’t get me wrong, but Fernando has the passion to make a huge war between Ferrari and McLaren given the sour taste in everyone’s mouth. Great point Arch! You da man!

febsterehckya21
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Is it me or is it that it seems that when it comes to holding Kimi off, Massa would do so furiously, everybody else, hanky-panky? I’d love the idea of Alonso in Ferrari, I cherish (now that is) the idea of him in the Scuderia and that sour taste in McLaren’s mouth but I can’t help but ask how much spirit would Fernando have left by 2010? Getting beaten up like this every other weekend, going into a race faced with a pig car when you’re a driver of his rate, his face, his tone, his demeanor says it all.… Read more »

Negative Camber
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my hunch is the car will be better next year. If Renault want to keep him, it better be.

mark h
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mark h

Nando too old?? Now there’s an interesting proposition… I hear what you’re saying but think that Spaniard it just too feisty to fizzle out.
But at Ferrari? Only over Kimi’s retired vodka rig, surely?
However, Fred in a Ferrari and Hambo in a McLaren is a mouth-watering proposition, no denying that.

WFP
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WFP

the more i here it the more i like it…..I would want Fernando to destroy Lewis and if that means he needs the prancing horse to do it then i fully support him.

Jim
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Jim

Kimi is gonna go race bikes by 2010. …probably while wearing a gorilla suit. Fernando has to to be with Ferrari to finish his career or his place in history will be always be linked back to his problems at Mclaren. That right there is a reason to keep the fire in him until 2010. he will bein the Ferrari Kimi will have retired. Massa will be somewhere else and they will find the perfect stooge…I mean 2nd driver to compliment Alonso

Negative Camber
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Now hang in there with me but another upside would be that Noddy and I would be cheering for the same team. It would be killing him to do it but we would both be looking for an Alonso/Ferrari win. Now how’s that for building relationships across the Mason-Dixon line? All because of Fernando. ;)

alabama_tifosi
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alabama_tifosi

I may be in the minority here, but I would like to see Kimi paired with Alonso. Granted, I think Kimi is going to step out much like Mika Hakkinen did. I think it would create a rivalry within a team that has not been seen since the epic Senna/Prost battles. Yes, it wouuld make the Scuderia/Silver Arrows rivalry that much more bitter, but I think it would create a great rivalry, and great fun to watch on the track. Anyone agree?

FFC
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FFC

In the same car, I see Alonso having a better chance than Kimi of becoming WC. Plus, Alonso’s undeniably better with respect to attracting sponsors other than liquor companies. However, when Alonso’s unhappy, his team will be brought to grief, whereas regardless of what, Kimi just gets in the car and drives. So Ferrari needs to figure out if Alonso’s a risk that’s worth taking.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

There’s no risk pairing a top team and Alonso – only money. Any risk would be greatly outweighed by the enormous increase in press and sponsorships, which equals money. Companies worldwide would be lining up to get their name/logo on the car and/or firesuit (if they aren’t already… just in case it actually happens).

I have to agree with the Crimson Tide Ferrari lover (apologies if you’re an Auburn fan). A Kimi/Fred pairing would be fantastic, but I don’t think it will happen. Neither would ever agree to be #2 to the other.

Architrion
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Architrion

If you are afraid of an angry Alonso, all you have to do to win champs and money is to keep him happy. Very easy, don’t you think?

Negative Camber
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LOL. Simple as that Arch.

WFP
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WFP

I think that with Alonso at Ferrari Schumacher would need to be worried….I would also love to see the day that Noddy had to cheer for Ferrari. I guess he would not HAVE to cheer for Ferrari but they would run parallel.

dumpsterdiver
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dumpsterdiver

I love RD1’s intro comment. Is she talking about Alonzo, or Mr. T? the first to paragraphs of hers sound like a movie intro.

LOL

Dumpster “I pity da fool who tries to close me out at Hairpin!” Diver

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Noddy called Alonso “silly” and “stupid” for his drive at Monaco. Maybe this is a sign that the thrill is gone, and Alonso at Ferrari would be the antithesis of everything he finds good in the world. That being the case, I’d seriously consider sending Ferrari $5 to help lure the uni-browed Spaniard over.

WFP
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WFP

i will also send $5 and match it!!! good stuff lol…Noddy will be beside himself

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Should this be called the “Noddy Fund”? Or is that going too far? If so, I apologize. If not, we’re at 10 bucks and climbing! Woo-hoo! Time for a telethon! Make your pledge and let’s not stop until we have a “Ferrari Red Fred” Alonso!

(Sorry, Noddy; I get carried away far too easily)

FFC
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FFC

There’s no risk pairing Alonso and a top team? I doubt Ron Dennis would agree. Seems to me that all too often the best drivers end up being some of the most arrogant and petulant pricks on the planet, which Alonso proved in spades last year and Lewis has proved on and off since shortly after his first podium. Of course, in the end it’s about talent, and Alonso’s certainly got it in droves. I’m not saying he’s a bad gamble for Ferrari, but he is definitely a gamble.

Negative Camber
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I think the severity of that gamble, FFC, depends on who else is at Ferrari with him. If it’s Kimi or Massa, i think that gamble becomes very big. So in this, we agree that Alonso needs a team to be the clear number one. Didn’t happen last year and what stumps me is that Fernando went there knowing that. Very odd move. No one could have known that Lewis was going to the explosion of talent that he has proven to be but still, Fernando had to know something about Lewis before going there. A simple google on Lewis… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

Yes… if Alonso moves to Ferrari I will grit my teeth and cheer for the red car. I might even go so far as to buy a hat… but it will probably be just too difficult to wear it. I’ve not once worn my McLaren cap in public…. and they were at one point my team. And I never called Alonso silly or stupid… however, the boneheaded attempt of a “pass” was, well, boneheaded. The passion is still there. His performance was less gut-wrenching than him holding up Lewis in the pits. It actually affected me for about 5 minutes… Read more »

WFP
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WFP

ladies and gentleman there it is….that is worth it right there…..Noddy would chear for Ferrari…..like a sox fan chearing for the yankees

Negative Camber
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This at least says that Noddy is true to his man, Fernando. Irrespective of his dislike of Ferrari, he follows the driver. Of course that shouldn’t be a shock as he has demonstrated this with his appreciation of Senna…but then again, who didn’t appreciate Senna?

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Who didn’t appreciate Senna? An argument can be made for Prost when they were together at McLaren. And forgive me for belaboring the point Noddy, but below is from Negative Camber’s May 25th article, “Hamilton Wins Dramatic Monaco GP”: Noddy93 on May 26th, 2008 4:20 pm “Alonso is my driver, my all-time No. 2 favorite… but yesterday’s move at the grand hotel was silly. I’m all for crashes while trying to pass… but that was stupid.” Of course, I’ve been called almost every name in the book (mostly by NC), but hopefully that doesn’t mean they’re true every minute of… Read more »

Noddy93
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Noddy93

I’m very good natured when it comes to sarcasm and wisecracks… yet your quoting me simply backs me up alike so: “yesterday’s MOVE… was silly… was stupid”.

So there!

I figure if I can forgive Benetton/Renault for having Schumi then I can forgive Alonso for having Ferrari.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Thanks for puting me in my place, Noddy. I think that this is a good example of why I like this blog – we can have fun and everyone plays along… well, most of us…

Negative Camber
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LOL. Yes, most of us. The occasional troll but for the most part; great people make a great site.

WonkyDave
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WonkyDave

Yet I can’t figure why this is so with you involved, Todd.

And I prefer the title “ogre”, if you please and thank you very much.