Fernando Alonso and Ferrari rumours

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Vittorio, 470

Speculation that Fernando Alonso could be a Ferrari driver in the future refuses to go away.

Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo said in April he was happy with the line-up of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa. But now Alonso is being linked with a move to Ferrari where he would be reunited with sponsor Banco Santander.

Alonso has made it clear in the past he wants to drive for Ferrari.

Spanish bank Santander joined McLaren last year to coincide with Alonso?s arrival at the team in what was supposed to be a five-year deal. The bank, which runs the Abbey brand in Britain, remained with McLaren after Alonso left the team.

It wouldn?t be a surprise if they wanted to be associated with the Spanish driver. One might ask why it needs to as it has the Abbey brand in Britain which profits from the association of Lewis Hamilton.

But the Abbey brand is expected to be replaced by Santander in Britain in the future. The company has sponsored the British Grand Prix for the last two years using the Santander brand, despite the obvious potential to brand one of Silverstone?s corners ??Abbey?.

Santander?s white-text-on-red would also be a neat fit with Ferrari. As an added bonus for the Italian team it would get to pinch a major sponsor from McLaren two years after it poached Vodafone from Ferrari.

Raikkonen and Massa both have Ferrari contracts for 2009 and Massa?s goes on until 2010. Raikkonen has hinted at an early retirement in the past and perhaps he will be stepping down from the team at the end of next year, to be replaced by Alonso?

With an eye on the future, Santander also sponsors iSport in GP2, who run Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok.

Thanks to Vittorio Alfieri for the mock-up of Alonso in Ferrari gear. Check out his website here.

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45 comments on Fernando Alonso and Ferrari rumours

  1. Nirupam said on 16th July 2008, 14:43

    I love Alonso, at the same time I dont like Ferrari! So the best option which I would find suitable is Alonso moving BMW alongside Kubica. That will make a great combination to watch!

  2. Logically thinking Alonso wouldnt want to move to another team again after 1 year. What ever the problem with Mc Laren was it was unsolvable, prob the reason why he chose to move.

    I see him in Renault for 09 and Ferrari after that. Renault have proved that they have the capability to improve the car over the season. Despite the bad results Renault is a much better car than what the started out with. With the rules changed and more importance given to driver skill, Renault wont be a bad bet to be in the top teams in 09(remember the rules changes of 05 and who was on top then)

    All in all with Alonso it looks like he is destined to end up at Ferrari at sometime… For his sake i hope its sooner that later.

  3. sChUmAcHeRtHeGrEaTeStEvEr said on 16th July 2008, 15:29

    i think it would be a shame if alonso is floating around in the mid-field fopr a few more years, it would be better to see him fighting for wins and if kimi does retire next year watching him and hamilton fight it out for the tittle in different teams could be explosive.

  4. This is the same guy that in one sunny day in Monza, after the FIA (Ferrari International Assistance) almost stole his title, said:

    “I don’t consider F1 anymore a sport.”

    The most interest thing about it is that the same Spanish Media that called that controversial decision in Monza 2006 “a part of a ‘dirty war’ against Fernando is the same one who almost beg nowadays to see him wearing this red overall.

  5. Jean said on 16th July 2008, 15:38

    I don’t rule out it won’t happen , but not before 2010 , although I wish Fernando would stay with Renault . He could do a similar thing to what Schumi did with Ferrari , going back to ’96. It would take patience and a few years , but then he would come out bigger than if he jumps to a form team and takes a few more titles.

  6. Mick said on 16th July 2008, 15:41

    I’ll put it this way: If Alonso were in the Ferrari this year, there wouldn’t be a tie in the driver standings. He would be leading by at least 10 points.

    He got a raw deal at McLaren and would have done much better if he were comfortable with the team. A tense environment is not conducive to good results. I can only imagine how it felt to be on the outside at that team, especially with Lewis lapping up the attention from Ron and the rest.

    As for those speaking of Alonso’s “behavior”, I think it’s best not to believe everything you read in the papers. I think Alonso dealt with his situation quite well in 2007.

    – Alonso will be up there in the Renault next year.
    – He would also elevate the BMW to new levels.
    – And he would maintain Ferrari at the top of the standings.

    To me, he’ll have a good 2009 regardless.

    • tEQUILLA sLAMMER said on 26th March 2009, 10:30

      Perfect Mick!! #:) couldnt have put it better myself! Fernando is far and away the best driver out there, and Martin Bs recent appraisal of him must really be hurting moRon Dennis at the moment!! McIdiots go into this season with a car apparently well off the pace, while Renault are believed to be 1 of the top 3 runners!!! Could it be that Fernandos claim of giving the MP 4/22 6/10s per lap was more accurate than moRon would like to have us believe?? I certainly think Fernando got a raw deal at McIdiots, and maybe they are starting to pay the price for losing all that experience in FA!!! #:)

  7. Gman said on 16th July 2008, 16:31

    Gosh…when Nico is considering rooting for McLaren, you know times are a changin’

    Indeed, I can see Alonso going to Ferrari, but not until after 2009. I think he’ll announce at Monza that he’ll honor the last year of his Renault contract and will open his options up for after 2009. If the Renault improves enough, he’ll stay, but if not, then it’s hello Tifosi.

    To me, the biggest story would be the move by Santander to move to Ferrari. I subscribe to McLaren’s Racing Line magazine, and the pages are always jammed full of happy news about McLaren’s strong and harmonious relationship with Santander/Abbey. Santander would indeed fit in with Ferrari’s paint scheme, and would be a breath of fresh air (no pun intended) after Marlboro went to the all bar code graphics.

    Finally, one question. I believe some people refer to Alonso’s fans as the Blue Army. If he gose to Ferrari, dose this mean that his legions of Tifosi become the “Red Army”?

    Bad joke, I know, but I had to throw that out there.

  8. donwatters said on 16th July 2008, 16:53

    I think Gman has the right take on this. FA stays at Renault in ’09 and depending on how the car performs, keeps his options open for ’10.

  9. Rabi said on 16th July 2008, 19:36

    I agree with Gman, the other thing to remember is that the Renault engine is one of the better engines on that grid so without the aero’s the emphasis is going to be more on mechanical grip and engine power. Something that Renault are actually good at.

  10. Rabi: Fernando has complaining a little bit about the engine freeze and ensured that his team improvements were mainly in the aerodynamics area. I´m not sure, but some of this restrictive rules, as engine freeze, could keep the balance of forces as the current year and the teams that has invested amounts of money and brain in aerodynamics area, as Renault did, will struggle to fight against the top three teams again.

    (Just an insight, but even BMW, that has in his a car an aerodynamics and nervous beast, could suffer with those new rules.)

    To be at the top of the grid again, the only hope to Fernando would be to go right to the red team.

  11. Snoopy said on 17th July 2008, 1:53

    I agree with Jean. Alonso should stay in Renault and take his time like Schumi did with Ferrari. Schumi was 2 time WCC and then moved to Ferrari. It took 5 years if i rember right before He started win again and then end is history. Things takes time and when regulations change next year who knows what can happens.
    Other thing is that there is rumor now that Nico may go to McLaren and Kovalainen back to Renault.
    About Ferrari seat for 2009…well i can not see it happnes. Ferrari should kick out Kimi, WCC or Massa top of WCC points at the moment as well. If they will fired one of those 2 and give seat to Alonso then there is something really secret secret what we do not know and can not see. Kimi have said that he will drive Ferrari 100 % sure next year so… Good news is that we will find out sooner or later what happens lol
    pst. Can we move Massa to McLaren and Heikki to ferrari lol

  12. Daniel said on 17th July 2008, 3:16

    Snoopy: Schumacher’s scored three wins right on his first season with Ferrari (1996)… yeah, he was out of contention for the title, and it took five seasons for him to be champion with the Scuderia, but Alonso’s Renault is much worse… a driver like him cannot afford to stay away from the podium for a whole season… it ruins his confidence, frustrates his fans, irritates his sponsors…

  13. Snoopy said on 17th July 2008, 4:41

    Correct Daniel. what i meaned about win i was thinking WCC lol.
    Yes Alonso should get seat from winning car but..there are only 2 seats per team and only 3 teram at the moment who can really win. NcLaren full, Ferrari full hmmm BMW then. I have thought about that but Alonso and Kubica together….
    Kubica would not respect world champion and he knows BMW cars better than Alonso. Would that mean other fighting season for Alonso?
    Kimi would be perfect team mate to Alonso as Kimi do not care what other people thik, do or say. Massa would be crying if Kimi leave and Alonso steps in. So still No Ferrari to Alonso.
    See…there is not really winning car for Alonso at the moment:(
    Can somebody tell me what happened to renaut suddenly? Alonso won 2 WCC and after that team went from 10 to 0.

  14. Jean said on 17th July 2008, 9:31

    Daniel , u r right , that’s why Alonso has little choice now but to do better than his best at Renault – maybe even win a lucky race this year. If he stays at Renault for next year , and still does not win , his “two stars” could start to fade a bit , and with that his chance of moving to a better team. Difficult time for him , I’m sure he knows that.

  15. Toncho said on 17th July 2008, 11:17

    I just hope that the guy gets a competitive car for the next season. I reckon is a waste for both his carreer and F1 in general to have him fighting for the points. The problem as many have pointed out is that there are only two teams that can fill the bill at the moment. If I would have to put my money I will go for BMW but you never know and if LH wins the champ while Ferrari has the best car maybe Ferrari would change of mind!!

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