Alonso gets stuck in gravel trap in first Ferrari appearance (Pictures & video)

The first public appearance at Ferrari for Fernando Alonso didn’t go entirely according to plan.

The Spanish champion got stuck in a gravel trap while he and future team mate Felipe Massa were being driven around the Valencia circuit in a Ferrari California by Ferrari chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

They’d been trying to get as close as possible to the 17,000 Spanish fans who turned out to see Alonso’s first appearance for Ferrari. Unsurprisingly Ferrari did not publish photographs of the incident but there’s plenty of pictures from the event below.

Alonso was only able to attend the event after getting permission from Renault at the last minute, as he is still contracted to them until the new year. He told the crowd:

This is a very important day for me, because here I can understand what the world of Ferrari is really like. In 2010 I hope to fight for the world title together with Felipe and that all the fans can be proud of us and our professionalism.
Fernando Alonso

Massa and Alonso were at the Ricardo Tormo circuit near Valencia in Spain for the final day of the Ferrari Finali Mondiali (Ferrari world finals).

They joined Giancarlo Fisichella, Marc Gene and Luca Badoer – Ferrari’s three official test drivers for 2010.

Here’s a collection of pictures of the celebrations which featured many Ferrari F1 cars including the gorgeous ex-Jean Alesi 1995 car number 27 – the last V12-engined Ferrari.

2009 Ferrari Finali Mondiali in pictures

Update: Thanks to Nano Rock for the video!

Update: Ferrari media release

Fernando Alonso?s first time at a Ferrari event was carried by the great enthusiasm from the fans present at the Ricardo Tormo di Cheste circuit near Valencia. Under an almost summery sun more than 17,000 spectators came on the conclusive day to watch the Finali Mondiali, the traditional event of the Prancing Horse held since 1994 at the end of the motorsport season.

Today was the first day when the whole 2010 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro came together: next to Alonso there were Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella, Marc Gen?? and Luca Badoer. Fernando?s public debut as a Ferrarista started with an entertaining episode. When the Spanish driver, on board of a Ferrari California with his future teammate Felipe and driven by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, tried to get as close to the grandstands in turn 1 as possible, the car got stuck in the gravel of the run-off area. Therefore the spectators got a good view and enough time to greet their local hero. The trio was ??rescued?? by the second California on the track, driven by the President of the Comunit?? Valenciana, Fernando Camps, with Valencia?s mayor Rita Barber?? on board. Once the three guests had been collected the light blue car drove back to the box and the passengers went for a walk onto the track along the main straight. ??This is a very important day for me, because here I can understand what the world of Ferrari is really like,?? Fernando told the spectators. “In 2010 I hope to fight for the World Title together with Felipe and that all the fans can be proud of us and our professionalism.??

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68 comments on Alonso gets stuck in gravel trap in first Ferrari appearance (Pictures & video)

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  1. Alonso seems to have mistaken the event for a golf day, if his clothes are anything to go by.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th November 2009, 18:03

      There’s a bunker joke in there somewhere…

    • Alonso seems to have mistaken the event for a golf day, if his clothes are anything to go by.

      Very Schumacher.

    • Ned Flanders said on 15th November 2009, 19:58

      I reckon Alonso’s Grandma knit that jumper for him and gave it to him last Christmas

    • Praveen Titus said on 24th November 2009, 18:05

      Alonso was initally wearing a striking black t-shirt. But it is a Ferrari day and wearing black won’t be right (though that would have been much better than this golf outfit). And since he’s still contracted to Renault, he can’t wear a plain red t-shirt too since that might show resemblance to Ferrari’s official uniform. So they decided to go for that pullover which from a distance seems to have a Ferrari touch, but on close-up is just another pullover. You can see the black shirt inside.

  2. Di Montezemolo was driving the car, not Fernando

  3. steph90 said on 15th November 2009, 18:15

    Keith a huge thanks for this it has made my day and put a massive smile on my face! :)
    Great to see Ferrari out in force, abit of comedy with Alonso in the gravel and seeing Felipe in the car doing doughnuts well that is brilliant.
    For me this is a great time, Felipe is well and a horrible season for the team is over. Certainly next year I’ll worry about the driver’s rivalry and Felipe’s contract but I may as well enjoy the moment now. That said I can see this being a great partnership for Ferrari and I hope it lasts many years and I think it can.

  4. by the way, great photos Keith

  5. Haha how did he manage that at about 5 mph?! Impressive.

  6. mp4-19b said on 15th November 2009, 18:20

    Did you say gravel trap Keith? I think we must immediately ditch Catalunya or the Street one for this.

    Never knew Spain had tracks with gravel traps.Especially after the Tilkequisition of Spanish tracks :P

    What an inauspicious way to kick off your campaign, that too in front of home crowd.

  7. Harv's said on 15th November 2009, 18:22

    ferrari love to show off! but looks likw quite an amazing event

  8. NickF1 said on 15th November 2009, 18:52

    serves them right, luca is an idiot.

  9. Surely Luca knew that if he went onto the gravel, he would get stuck.

    • sato113 said on 15th November 2009, 23:55

      yeah I cant get my head around it. it was a low ride-height sportscar aswell, not a 4×4! the gravel is to stop cars! ha

  10. Haha, this is sweet (the video). Nice photos.

  11. rampante said on 15th November 2009, 20:00

    Even here the Italian press are saying that they understand that Alonso can’t wear Ferrari colours but where did he find that pullover?? This has always been a big day for the team and the official end of season blow out.Finally NickF1, Luca is many things but you could not find someone further away from an idiot.

  12. Ned Flanders said on 15th November 2009, 20:02

    You’d think Luca must be an intelligent chap to end up in charge of Ferrari. Obviously not- only a complete moron would intentionally drive a sportscar into a huge gravel trap at 2mph

  13. Fantastic! Wish I was there. What the hell is Fernando wearing.

  14. Bullfrog said on 15th November 2009, 20:17

    Typical manager – should have let a driver drive. He’s got enough to choose from! As for the jumper mystery, I reckon it was Massa who chose it.

    Great photos, some gorgeous cars there, particularly that 412T2. Who was driving, was it Alesi himself?

    • WidowFactory said on 16th November 2009, 10:30

      I think the jumper is a lot more to do with the fact Alonso is still under a Renault contract till the new year so isn’t allowed to wear ferrari gear.

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