It was mentioned several weeks ago in conjunction with the rumors of Fernando Alonso going to Ferrari but while Fernando seems firmly planted at Renault for the next two years, Santander has indeed announced their departure from McLaren and arrival at Ferrari. A welcome sign for Ferrari and even more welcome sign for Fernando-to-Ferrari conspiracy theorists.
“Santandar will become Ferrari’s sponsor as of 2010, this is one thing that is certain,” said Botin. According to Spanish media Santandar’s sponsorship is another sign the Italian’s are extremely interested to sign double world champion Fernando Alonso. Botin would love to see the Spaniard at Ferrari but remains realistic: “Alonso is the best driver in the world and we would love to work with him again. Unfortunately this is not our call though.”