Alonso finally confirmed as Massa’s team mate at Ferrari for 2010

Alonso thwarted Ferrari in 2006, now he will drive for them

Alonso thwarted Ferrari in 2006, now he will drive for them

Ferrari have finally confirmed what pretty much everyone in F1 expected by now – Fernando Alonso will drive for them in 2010.

Kimi Raikkonen is set to leave the team after this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and is most likely to end up back at McLaren.

Raikkonen was contracted to remain at Ferrari for one more season. Despite having won the title for them in 2007, the team are letting him go one year early in his contract, which can only be interpreted as a reflection on his performance.

Felipe Massa clearly out-performed him last year, but Raikkonen has had a resurgence in the second half of this season, including a victory at Spa-Francorchamps.

Giancarlo Fisichella will remain with the Italian team as a test driver.

The development sets up two fascinating driver partnerships for 2010, the first of which is Alonso and Massa at Ferrari.

The pair had a heated row after clashing on the final lap at the Nurburgring in 2007. Massa will in all likelihood prove the closest match to Alonso’s talent since he partnered Lewis Hamilton two seasons ago.

Hamilton, meanwhile, will surely face a stiffer challenge from Raikkonen if he does indeed take the place of Heikki Kovalainen next year.

Anyone else really looking forward to 2010 now?

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331 comments on Alonso finally confirmed as Massa’s team mate at Ferrari for 2010

  1. steph90 said on 30th September 2009, 19:05

    Lustigson..and this year! Before the accident :(

  2. F1Outsider said on 30th September 2009, 19:10

    For whatever reason, it is rare that a driver rivalry plays out as people expect it to. I’m skeptical that Alonso will be able to take the fight to Hamilton or vice-versa. I’ll take a wait and see approach.

    One good thing that this allows for, is for some other driver to unexpectedly come out of left field and delight us…

  3. At last i dont have to support ferrari anymore!!! Kimi back and Mclaren where he belongs, order restored.

    • Kimi at McLaren is pure speculation….
      I’m sure Lewis is whining about it right now.

      • Bad_Whippet said on 30th September 2009, 20:38

        “I’m sure Lewis is whining about it right now”

        Whilst I’m in no better a position to say you’re wrong, than you are to say you’re right, I doubt Hamilton will be ‘whining’ about being partnered with Raikkonen.

        I’m betting he’s actually looking forward to it… let’s face it, Kovi hasn’t done much to challenge him and I reckon Hamilton will love the competition.

        You’ve got to remember, Raikkonen is a very different character to Alonso and is probably a better all-round partner for him in every way

        Anyway, as a few posts above points out, it IS still speculation… yeah right!

    • That siad…I hope he ends up there, just for the excitement of 2010

  4. Schumi went to Ferrari having won 2 championships with Flavio Briatore and Benetton (one with a Renault engine).
    Now Alonso goes to Ferrari having won 2 championships with Flavio Briatore and Renault, which used to be Benetton.

    I have no doubts that Massa will be as fast in 2010 as he ever was. And I’m sure that Alonso cannot count on the team favouring him in any way, even if he turns out to be the faster driver throughout the season.
    I hope he’ll get pushed by Felipe.

    • Hallard said on 30th September 2009, 19:29

      Im glad someone else metioned the Schuey/Alonso parallel…

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 20:37

      Schumi went to Ferrari having won 2 championships with Flavio Briatore and Benetton (one with a Renault engine).

      (Cough.) Schuey “won” the 1994 championship did he? In the same way Alonso “won” the 2008 Singapore race? Plenty of parallels then :)

    • Yeah, but Schummi did not consider Formula One as Sport, and Alonso did, remember Monza 06??? Anyway, let’s see what he’s made, cause in McLaren, always cried about no one supported him but his engineers…

  5. Arun.India said on 30th September 2009, 19:24

    Being a hardcore Ferrari fan i would consider this a black day.This is the worst decision Ferrari could ever take.This jackass is going to convert ferrari into a bunch of jokers.If Kimi shifts to mclaren i think i would also switch my allegiance towards mclaren and support the iceman.If thats not the case i will go ahead and support only baby.No way in hell i am supporting this jackass.

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 20:41

      Why? If you don’t like Alonso that is fair enough. But you can’t claim that Ferrari will become a laughing stock because they have recruited a double world champion.

      • Man, you are not a hardcore ferrari fan if you would switch your alligence to their arch-rivals following a driver.

        No Macca fan supported ferrari when kimi switched, may have retained a soft spot for the guy. I’m glad he’s comming home.

    • Ned Flanders said on 30th September 2009, 23:06

      Ha ha… everyone seems to hate Alonso now! I cannot for the life of me understand why this might be the case, he’s never hurt a fly… He seems like an thoroughly nice chap to me. And he can break walnuts with his neck!!!

      How about a poll: who do you prefer- Hamilton or Alonso?

      • Tom Watson said on 30th September 2009, 23:45

        I think its something to do with the beard.

        • mp4-19b said on 1st October 2009, 3:43

          And he can break walnuts with his neck!!!

          Does he do it fairly?

          • Antifia said on 1st October 2009, 16:04

            The difference here is that Alonso will probable use Piquet Jr’s head to break that walnut while Hamilton won’t be able to break it, but will tell the FIA he did.

      • Carl 27 said on 1st October 2009, 22:17

        You souldn’t be surprised this web has become a witch hunt. As I said before all this “bravado” is just fear that Alonso now is in a position to challenge Lewis, and everyone here is expecting that the McLaren is going to be a competitive car as we all did at the beginning of this year…

    • Arun.India…who cares if you even watch and follow F1 or even think about being a Ferrari fan…just eat your food and watch another channel next time when the race is on…who cares about your love to Ferrari and your hate to Alonso…respect yourself jackass and stop offending one of the most famous people in the world…and if you love the iceman so much, I suggest you shove some ice to cool down a bit…you wasted my time

  6. Hallard said on 30th September 2009, 19:27

    Im officially a McLaren fan for the next 3 years…

    • you’ll find it a pretty awesome gig.
      your just in time for what i think will be our strongest campaign for the WCC in quite a while

  7. ExPatBrit said on 30th September 2009, 19:29

    I think the Alonso Massa pairing is great!

    Felipe is a pretty good driver except he doesn’t seem to do at all well in the wet.

  8. steph90 said on 30th September 2009, 19:35

    Arun stay with Ferrari :)
    ExPatBrit, did you not see Interlagos last year? And he was pretty good at Nurburgring in 07 (but suffered vibrations with tyres in final stages), this year in China he went from 13th on the grid to 3rd but then engine problems made him retire, yes Silverstone was bad though in 08.

  9. Take back all I said previously. I didn’t think this would happen this year. Its gonna be good boys. Alonso is probably the best all around driver. I know some will want to argue that Hamilton is. He is definetly in the same class. Consider that Alonso drove a tank of a car this year and really has done better than anyone would have expected. Alonso and Ferrari will be unbelievable because he and the tifosi will get on from the start. Unlike Kimi. The bad news is that I do not think Alonso and Massa will be able to remain “good” teammates with one another. That Latin thing is gonna rear it’s ugly head before the season is over. The good news is that Massa is SO committed to Ferrari and the championships, drivers and constructors, that he is going to give Fernando a hard, hard time. This is going to be great.
    Oh, by the way, Kimi is going to do just fine at McLaren too. (Come on, we all know thats where he has to be heading) Frankly I think Kimi and Lewis will get on much better than Alonso and Massa.
    Last note….can someone please tell me who pays the last 48 million installment to Kimi. That, to me, is the craziest thing of all. It is just bad business sense to pay a guy, any guy, that kind of dough to walk away. Does Ferrari really think Alonso is worth paying off Kimi and also paying Fernando a huge retainer to get him on board?

    • somehow I believe that there will be fair battle between Lewis and Kimi. Lewis is not bad guy and when he will notice that Kimi is not like Teflonso, they begin to respest each other. Kimi is fair man – he want’s to win but by fair play – Lewis will learn this, only problem is father Anthony

      • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 20:49

        Lewis respected Fernando as a team mate. The problem was the respect didn’t come the other way. Alonso had trouble integrating into much of the McLaren team, not just with Lewis. I don’t think Lewis was at fault there.

        And what makes you think Lewis needs to learn about fair play? He hasn’t shown himself to be too ruthless or on the edge of cheating (except the Lie-gate thing, which I admit was a bizarre situation).

    • can someone please tell me who pays the last 48 million installment to Kimi

      Well, it’s not clear at all. I even read somewere that Marlboro has taken care of the equalization.

      B Santander have renewed their sponsorship with McLaren. That probably will count. I’m pretty sure Santander have put some pressure on McLaren to hire Kimi.

      On the other hand, Fernando Alonso will take something around 7 Million less than Kimi, so, part of Kimi fees would have been paid by Ferrari using their savings in Alonso’s agreement. At this point, one could say Alonso has paid a big part of Kimi fees!

  10. steph90 said on 30th September 2009, 19:41

    Leaf I read that Santader had helped pay for Kimi

  11. steph90 said on 30th September 2009, 19:42

    *Santander

  12. adz2193 said on 30th September 2009, 19:57

    Hopefully a Hamilton-Alonso rivalry will bring back the old fiery rivalry we’ve been missing >D

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 20:52

      There was no love lost between them just before going onto the Singapore podium eh! Alonso had a handshake for Glock, but not for Hamilton.

      • yeh he did.
        when he came into the ?waiting room? first thing he did was aknowledge hamilton.

        It was very tense though. None of the chatter when it was Brawns or Redbulls up their.

  13. hehe this is great news. Not only will Alonso beat lewis, but so will Kimi!

    Also, Lewis is not better than Alonso. To be better, he would need to two more world championships (to end with 2-3).

    Lewis lost the championship last time he had to compete with a high ranking driver (Alonso – 2007), and still struggled when the situation was reversed in 2008 (Kimi took a lot of points off Massa, while Hekki took hardly anything off Lewis).

    With 4 race winning drivers in the top 2 teams next year, either the championship will be won by the faster car(Two way contest), or by the best driver (four way contest). Hopefully its the later.

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 20:56

      Hello! Engaged your mouth before your brain?

      Lewis is not better than Alonso. To be better, he would need to two more world championships (to end with 2-3).

      You’ve got your maths screwed up here mate. Alonso was in his fourth season (ok, third season with a good team) before he won his first championship. Hamilton became champ in his second season. Sounds more impressive doesn’t it?

      Lewis lost the championship last time he had to compete with a high ranking driver (Alonso – 2007)

      Lewis lost the lead in the championship, but only to Kimi. He finished in front of Alonso because he won more races/seconds.

      the championship will be won by the faster car(Two way contest), or by the best driver (four way contest)

      If it’s down to the best driver, surely it will be a 26-way contest?

      • Antiriad said on 30th September 2009, 22:23

        Hamilton had a championship winning car in his first two seasons. Alonso drove in a Minardi in his first and two in a Renault car which was not a championship winning car. Sounds less impressive doesn’t it?

        Alonso convincingly won both his titles, Hamilton bumbled his way to the second…

        • in his second year…
          i acept it was by no means a perfect campaign but seriously, HIS SECOND YEAR. He had a fraction of the race craft Alonso had by this point. I think Lewis is going towards many more WDC and some in much more dominant fashion.

          • Antifia said on 1st October 2009, 16:46

            Jack Villeneuve also won the title in his second year – he also almost won it in his first year. And he is one of the most mediocre F1 champions ever…But I agree that LH is not in the same league a JV.

        • Phil T said on 1st October 2009, 1:34

          Alonso won both championships with an illegal car that went unpunished because the powers that be were sick of Schu winning every year, end of story.

    • Martin said on 1st October 2009, 2:50

      That is absolutely the most rediculous statement yet.
      Hamilton came in to f1 and went toe to toe with a 2time wdc and tied him in points and coming in second in the championship. He put so much pressure on alonso that alonso tried to blackmail special treatment out of r dennis. This kid has been in f1 for 3 yrs and has won 1 wdc been 2nd his first year and will still place well this year with a car that was clearly inferior to the competition early on. Base his abilities on number of races and how well he has placed and no one but no one has the record of hamilton.
      I also believe that he will get the better of alsonso if the car is remotely competitive to ferrari. I am not a hamilton fan, but I do recognize his abilities.

      • Well, Jacques Villeneuve started out with a similar F1 record: 2nd in rookie year (with 4 wins), WDC in second year (with 7 wins) and 5th in third year, all at Williams. Later results with BAR were less memorable.

  14. Three world champions in two teams, neither of whom will get preferential treatment and cause fireworks or complaints about “illegitimate” titles…and of course, there’s always Seb Vettel and Nico Rosberg to spoil the party…

    Maybe we should have three-car teams after all and get these two in equal machinery to the others ;-)

    • Oh, and I’m including Massa in there too.

      Glad you were happy about 5th in Singapore, Jenson. You’re going to have to get used to them!

  15. HounslowBusGarage said on 30th September 2009, 20:34

    Arun.India said

    Being a hardcore Ferrari fan i would consider this a black day.This is the worst decision Ferrari could ever take.This jackass is going to convert ferrari into a bunch of jokers.If Kimi shifts to mclaren i think i would also switch my allegiance towards mclaren and support the iceman.If thats not the case i will go ahead and support only baby.No way in hell i am supporting this jackass.

    I don’t think your wrong, but for different reasons.
    Next season, apart from any other changes, each car will be carrying two or three times the amount of fuel it has this year for much of the race. And that amount of extra weight is going to make handling very different over a race distance. It occurs to me that the cars will have to be radically different from this year’s versions to deal with the extra weight.
    As far as I can see, Ferrari have not been the swiftest to react or the most agile in the design department this year, and unless they have already imported new design talent, they aren’t going to be at the sharp end next year.
    Alonso when he’s winning seems like a very different creature to Alonso in the midfield or Alonso at the back.
    Unless Ferrari produce a heavyweight front-runner for next season, Alonso might descend into a sulk that could outdo Heathcliffe for brooding resentment. And his first target could be his teammate.
    Todt, Brawn and Schumacher held Ferrari rigidly together for many seasons. If Briatore is right, and Schumacher is gone next year, Ferrari could suffer bigtime.

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 21:05

      If Briatore is right, and Schumacher is gone next year, Ferrari could suffer bigtime.

      Why? What has he contributed? Apart from a bit of advising Felipe he doesn’t appear to have any function in the race team. It sounds a daft idea that Ferrari would fall apart because Schuey can’t get a third car or can’t be bothered sitting on the pit wall any more.

      Briatore says what he likes. Like when he repeatedly claimed he didn’t cheat.

      • HounslowBusGarage said on 30th September 2009, 21:39

        I think Schue had a centralising influence and exercised a certain discipline and singlemindedness of purpose. If he’s gone, I can see effort being disipated very easily.

        • Agree on this HBG. Schumi walked into Scuderia Ferrari when the family was bigger than the product. I believe he DID provide the focus and drive, along with Ross and Jean, that made the Ferrari resurgence possible. I believe that, he still provides SOME motivation, but suspect things are slipping.

          Completely off topic, but wouldn’t it be nice to see Schumi leading a team in the paddock. Far better than Prost or even Stewart, Michael has shown himself to be an excellent player on the F1 board.

          • SCHUEY SHOULD SIGN UP AT BRAWN.
            spend a few years as sporting director be the mans apprentice and learn Team Principling from the hands of the master then in 5-10 years take over.

            Between them they could build a dynasty to match McLaren.

  16. worst thing to happen in F1 since Schumi’s retirement..2010 will be a driver-supporting season for me, with Massa Kimi Nico and Sebastian (Vettel, that is)..Hamilton and Alonso belong in the same team, whining about each other and losing titles together, as they’re both extremely egocentric..and frankly, both are pretty overrated on the same level, only each with his supposed god-like skills (Hamilton with busting tyres with his “determined and aggresive” i.e. irresponsible andimpulsive, and Alonso winning when his car stays on the track or when a certain team wakes up only half-way through the season, or when his team-mate causes a safety car)..now since this site is full of brits, I know my opinion won’t be well received, because any british driver from your point of view is the next Senna or the next Schumi

  17. driving style*

  18. This is the best F1 history in years, I just cant wait to see the man in red and driving a Ferrari.

    I hope to see Felipe in good shape too because he is not the pet that Alonso had in Renault. It will be a Titans fight!

    James Allen have written the best words about what we will see next year:

    Formula 1 has it’s dream scenario, which harks back to the Prost vs Senna days – Hamilton in a McLaren vs Alonso in a Ferrari, two drivers on the same level with some history between them. F1, like any sport, works at its absolute best when it has a really great rivalry and we now have that. Except that it’s even better than that because Kimi Raikkonen is also in a McLaren and he’s out to get Alonso too.

    After all the pain and misery of the off track politics in 2007, 2008 and 2009, the scene is set for some classic years of racing.

    • Nitpicker said on 30th September 2009, 21:07

      Villeneuve has said today that F1 drivers are boring, are too nice and polite, and the sport needs a bit more fire and gladiatorial combat. Maybe next year we’ll see some :) can’t wait!

      • Villeneuve didn’t just say this today,he always has said this.Being unpolite and not too nice himself,he is just trying to promote himself because he wants back in F1.

  19. steph90 said on 30th September 2009, 20:56

    Nice driver choices Sicali and I am British but support Italian team and Brazilian driver.
    I don’t think Alonso and Massa will neccessarily have a problem; a lot of it has been hyped up but Alonso wasn’t the only one at fault in 2007. There is room for tension but hopefully, and I half expect it’ll be fine and we can get back to watching the best race each other. Excellent.

  20. Grace Lovvorn said on 30th September 2009, 21:23

    Well, what can I say? We all knew this was coming. All I have to do now is replace my Ferrari wall, and maybe make it a McLaren, a Ferrari-sans-Alonso, or a McLaren-sans-Lewis wall. As you can see, Raikkonen and Massa are possibly (if not definitely) my favorite drivers. I can’t wait to, though, see how both drivers do with their teammates. Lewis and Kimi are going to be unstoppable (although I don’t know how Lewis is going to like not having horrible Heikki to compare to) and Alonso and Massa (if he’s completely recovered) are going to be pretty darn good, as long as no scandals/arguments/etc. are stirred up.
    I’m starting to think next year’s going to be pretty promising. Even if I have to commit the ultimate crime and wear Ferrari and McLaren tee shirts :D

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