Ferrari confirm 2010 Santander deal, stay tuned for Alonso announcement…

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Santander were behind Alonso at McLaren in 2007
Santander were behind Alonso at McLaren in 2007

Ferrari have confirmed Banco Santander as a major sponsor for the 2010 F1 season.

The deal has been rumoured since last year, and is soon expected to be followed by confirmation that Fernando Alonso will race for them next year.

Alonso’s move has been something of an ‘open secret’ in F1 recently, with McLaren’s Martin Whitmarsh even acknowledging it publicly a few weeks ago.

Ferrari have lured Santander away from McLaren after the Spanish bank has spent the last three years with the company. Although Lewis Hamilton features heavily in adverts for their British brand Abbey, they clearly want to be associated with Alonso again. The two developments should reunite Santander and Alonso for the first time since 2007.

There’s an element of tit-for-tat involved as well, as McLaren captured former Ferrari sponsor Vodafone at the beginning of 2007.

Who will Alonso’s team mate – or team mates – be in 2010? Both Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are contracted for 2010. It is not yet known whether Massa will return to the cockpit at the start of next year – although he won’t race again this year. Ferrari is understood to be trying to buy Raikkonen out of his contract, despite his recent resurgence in form.

Giancarlo Fisichella, who races for the team this weekend, has been tipped to become the team’s test driver in 2010. But Luca di Montezemolo is lobbying the FIA and the other teams to be allowed to run a third car for Michael Schumacher if he is able to drive.

I’m not keen on the idea of three-car teams, but a Schumacher-Alonso-Raikkonen line-up would give Ferrari a squad with ten world championship titles between them…

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109 comments on “Ferrari confirm 2010 Santander deal, stay tuned for Alonso announcement…”

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  1. ‘Saint Luca’ in Autosport:

    “…I was always pleased with my drivers. We have the world champion of two years ago, and we have the driver who, when he crossed the finish line in Brazil, he was world champion for 15 seconds – unfortunately only 15. So we have really fantastic drivers…”

    Q. What about the rumours about Fernando Alonso?

    LDM: You are very young, I am very old, and this is old news. Every year it is the same. We have two drivers, now three, plus also we are close to having Michael so we have a lot of drivers – this is not a problem for us now.

    1. I hate this self-righteous b****** !!!!

  2. The language of a timid media:
    “X is understood to have …”
    “X is widely believed to be …”
    “It is argued that …”
    “Many consider …”

    This language allows plausible deniability if things later turn out to be false. Nobody has the cajones to come out and say “I believe X”

    I hate to see a personal blog sink to using such language, even while acknowledging that F1F is increasingly influential in the media. It’s just slimy.

    1. I think the headline makes it pretty clear where I believe Alonso is going.

      I don’t like weak rationalisations any more than the next man, but I’m not going to pretend I have my own source confirming a story when I don’t. That’s slimy.

      1. right on Keef.

      2. Thanks for replying Keith.

        Ferrari is understood to be trying to buy Raikkonen out of his contract, despite his recent resurgence in form.

        If you don’t have your own source, then the statement above should link to a website that you think does (and whose source is traditionally reasonably correct). Otherwise it just looks like you’re protecting your own source, or worse, making it seem like you are. Why else would you use such language?

        Because you can simply say:

        “Autosport/ James Allen /(pick one) has been reporting that Ferrari is trying to buy out Raikkonen.”

        And a link to the right article/post would be nice to have (but not necessary, just a name would be enough). You could even say “Autosport and others …” if there are more than one.

        Including a name or seconday source allows your readers to judge whether or not the sources you judge to be trustworthy, are in fact accurate or not as reality unfolds. Not including a name exposes you to the accusation that you don’t want to be called out if/when your formerly trustworthy source turns out to be wrong.

        So why don’t you go ahead and tell us who actually “understands” that Ferrari is trying to buy out Raikkonen?

        Needless to say, this is all meta stuff and your writing is spot-on in the first approximation and is much appreciated.

        1. If you don’t have your own source, then the statement above should link to a website that you think does

          It’s not a new piece of information, I referred to it on here ages ago. I can’t remember if I included a reference to where it was first reported, but I’ve seen it in multiple places since (probably not all online). That said I take your point and will bear it in mind in future.

          1. Yes, you did link to Autosport and James Allen back in January:

            Cool. Would be nice to see more of that, unless you want to protect your sources (like with your scoop on the Bourdais thing).

    2. Nobody has the cajones to come out and say…

      Certainly not! I haven’t seen any person having “Drawers” (Cajones)

      Maybe “Cojones” would work better! :-)

    3. It’s a blog, not Reuters Hakka.

      Blogs are about peoples opinions as well as cold hard facts. That’s the beauty of the infomation super highway ;)

  3. Most Important story of the decade on Becken Lima’s blog .

    1. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind part 2!!! Never ever have i seen anything like this! This might be the biggest scandal of all time !! Ooh this has to be the mother of all scandals. This will be spoken for years to come. Everything pales into insignificance before this!!OMG, we are all f up!! What a sham. Even Mario Puzo couldn’t have written this script. Its a thriller letter, Dan Brown must bend his head in shame !!

      1. I’m devastated as an f1 fan. :(

  4. For news that are released here in Brazil, Felipe is recovering very fast and does not rule out the possibility of driving at Interlagos then I believe he will return to lead his ferrari at high level of competitiveness, such as it has done until before the accident

    1. Are we playing Chinese whispers? A Google translation to English from Portuguese when the original English is available on the very same page :)

  5. OK, Heres what will happen.
    Kimi sees out his contract through 2010. Fernando stays w/Renault through 2010. 2011 Alonso to Ferrari and Kimi goes rallying. Massa stays w/Ferrari through 2012 and then leaves ’cause he won’t be able to get along w/Fernando. Not sure who goes to McLaren ’cause Rosbergs going to Brawn at the expense of Barrichello.

  6. Next step: Fernando Alonso to Ferrari

    1. Indranil Dudhane
      11th September 2009, 13:52

      …or is he really coming?

      “For next year we have Raikkonen, Massa, Fisichella, Badoer, Gene, and I hope Michael Schumacher, so we have a bench as long as Real Madrid’s.

      “We have two great champion with the 2007 champion and the man who was 2008 champion for 15 seconds when he crossed the line. So I think we have two extraordinary drivers.”
      -Luca di Montezemolo

        1. Yes, I was going to mention that too. It looks like he is confirming Räikkönen and Massa next year.

  7. I agree with Leaf,, anyway we can see that nobody has any sure information. If Alonso goes to Ferrari only reason is money. It’s bid sad that he have to buy his seat – Felipe and Kimi didn’t and they are making better job like professionals, not acting like teenagers

  8. I’m not keen on the idea of three-car teams, but a Schumacher-Alonso-Raikkonen line-up would give Ferrari a squad with ten world championship titles between them…

    I think it’s more likely they want Alonso-Raikkonen-Massa, and are just using Schumacher’s name to get them three cars. By Ferrari’s own statements following his successful operation, after all, it seems that Massa has first dibs on any seat.

  9. I repeat here:
    Alonso’s anouncement:
    13th November at Cheste, Spain, Ferrari’s season closing party for the first time out of maranello…
    For me this “first time out of Maranello” speaks itself, do you remember the Mclaren party at Valencia in 2006?

    1. So the main sponsor Santander has nothing to do with this?

  10. Prisoner Monkeys
    10th September 2009, 22:37

    I don’t think the presence of Santander guarantees Alonso as a driver. Luca di Montezemolo has commented on several occasions that sponsors do not determine driver lineup.

    1. For sure :), but perhaps driver lineup determines sponsorship?

      1. Prisoner Monkeys
        11th September 2009, 5:28

        Only if Santander was Alonso’s personal sponsor … which they’re not.

  11. I read this title and thought it said Shumacher deal confirmed.

  12. “Ferrari is understood to be trying to buy Raikkonen” WHY His recent performance has not been bad.

    Schumacher-Alonso-Raikkonen thats BONKERS

  13. Ferrari has said just on thursday that their sponsors do not choose their drivers, means spanish bank dont mean spanish driver.

    i do not understand how many times Ferrai has to repeat themselves before people believe that Alonso is not going to Ferrari 2010..

  14. so, ferrari will have over stock of driver then :D

  15. Paige Michael-Shetley
    11th September 2009, 6:10

    Ferrari would make the mistake of the century dumping Raikkonen for Alonso.

    Raikkonen has shown time and again throughout his career he’s quicker than Alonso, and when he’s motivated and focused, he’s probably the best driver in F1 with the exception perhaps of Hamilton and Vettel. With better luck, he would be a three-time champion already, perhaps even a four-time champion considering all of the points he lost from incidents and mechanical failures that were not his fault and poor strategy calls Ferrari inflicted upon him last season. Raikkonen had all of Ferrari placed on his shoulders once Massa went down, and he responded by showing just how great he is with three consecutive podiums and a win in a car that hasn’t been upgraded during that time.

    I don’t see any argument whatsoever for Alonso being a better driver than Raikkonen. In fact, I really don’t see much of an argument for Alonso being much, if any, better than Massa, based on what they’ve accomplished when they’ve been in similar circumstances. Ferrari have a great situation with two of the top-5 drivers in F1 work work harmoniously, and they’d be dumb to make a change for a guy who’s shown what he can do to a team when he’s not happy.

    As a McLaren fan, I do hope Ferrari are dumb enough to make the change. I’d love to see Raikkonen back at McLaren. A Hamilton-Raikkonen pairing would be one of the best in F1 history.

    1. Indranil Dudhane
      11th September 2009, 13:58

      and when he’s motivated and focused

      “when” is a problem..

    2. The problem is, Ferrari are Ferrari. Their expectations are phenomenally high. The bottom line is that Kimi could have won the Championship in 2008, but he didn’t get close. That’s a sackable offence when you’re a Ferrari’s #1 driver on £25m a year.

  16. We hava plan. Michaela will cook sphagetti whilea Alonso will preparea the salada and then Fisi will poura the winea for the guests. Kimi will maka the spumoni ‘causa he’sa icea colda. Massa will sitta at the head ofa the table becausea he isa the guest of honor.

  17. I wonder which sponsor McLaren have lined up to replace Santander…

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