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

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  1. Guess who is back? Alonso is back in a competitive car and hopefully we will see Alonso vs Hamilton vs Button and the likes.

  2. BTW why is Alonso being paid so less? Or was that the term to let him in?

  3. “If Raikkonen goes back to McLaren, he and Hamilton will form the best pairing on the grid.”

    RAIKKONEN FOR THE TITLE 2010… I hope :)

  4. well, I’m selling all my Ferrari items which don’t have a big “Michael Schumacher” on it. Getting the whinning baby at ferrari is an offense to michael’s “memory”

  5. spiritfall said on 2nd October 2009, 10:29

    Wooh i’m looking forward to 2010
    Hope Ferrari and mclaren are back at top with brawn gp and redbull racing.

    I do hope that raikonnen doesnt get put in the corner for hamilton like they did with Alonso.

    This could be one great year 2010.. lets hope for it

  6. Zvukoljub said on 2nd October 2009, 15:18

    “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.”

    Bull****!

    Santander, anyone?

  7. Robpry said on 2nd October 2009, 21:34

    ive read all the posts and its quite funn actually

    Hamilton is great yes but all you alonso haters are hilarious! seriously you know nothing about the sport if you cant admit or acknowledge the fact that he is one of the best drivers around atm. he may not be the best in certain departments but he certainly is up there in all of them and i think is the best overall!

    his fans love his passion he wants to win all of the time! everyones moaned once in a while!

    also i study Pyschology and to say Hamilton thrashed Alonso in 07 is just not right! for a start in the 2nd hald of the season alonso was much better and thats when he fell out with mclaren! he never felt comfortable there and as a result if you dont fit in then like in any job your not going to do as well! still 1 point of the championship in a team which didnt like you isnt bad going. they had the same machinery yes but only the blinkered Mclaren fan would say they had equal support! oh an to say mclaren always have equality between drivers! HA! just ask kovi, coultard, montoya even Haikkenen would of been number two behind senna!

    long post i know but all this petty Alonso hate for just grassing up mclaren who for some reason you all think are saints is just a bit sad

  8. Robpry said on 2nd October 2009, 21:40

    another thing (sorry)

    with the fueling ban i believe this benefit drivers like Alonso and button who are very smooth and can maintain there tyres very well and will be able to stay out longer on a set, unlike Hamilton Kimi vettel etc who thrash around like theres no tommorow! tyre preservation and tatics are gonna be a big part to play so Brauwns drivers and Alonso will have a bit of a an advantage at the start

    but although i hope Alonso can prove everyone wrong and win i think Kimi will have a diffrent mindset and just scrape it

  9. Please correct me if I am wrong.
    I thought the ban was on refuelling only, not on tyres. We will still have pit stops for tyres only, RIGHT?

  10. PANAN said on 23rd October 2009, 15:45

    Is Kimi the confirmed driver with Mclaren? If yes, I am excited. It will be a spectacular season next year.. Can they not start it on January 1st 2010 this time?

  11. mitilesh said on 1st November 2009, 18:10

    lets hope for massa and ferrari in 2010

    • mitilesh said on 1st November 2009, 18:13

      lets hope that ferrari once again find their winning ways back with the likes of massa and alonso,and massa to lead the standings in 2010…….

  12. panan said on 1st November 2009, 21:49

    heard while watching F1 that Michael Schumacher is coming to race again with Massa.. Is this a speculative comment or true?

    Why is Kimi not disclosing his move?

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