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

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…

  1. Prisoner Monkeys said on 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.

  2. Andrew said on 11th September 2009, 0:32

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

  3. wasiF1 said on 11th September 2009, 3:34

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

    Schumacher-Alonso-Raikkonen thats BONKERS

  4. Snoopy said on 11th September 2009, 3:48

    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..

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

  6. Paige Michael-Shetley said on 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.

    • Indranil Dudhane said on 11th September 2009, 13:58

      and when he’s motivated and focused

      “when” is a problem..

    • Jonathan said on 11th September 2009, 15:23

      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.

  7. pitt layne said on 11th September 2009, 6:22

    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.

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

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