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)

  1. Shagrathian said on 15th November 2009, 20:39

    Great share as always, Keith. I was expecting some photos of Mercedes Benz event, though. :)

  2. ElChiva said on 15th November 2009, 20:58

    Very biased entry …

    Why not call it Ferrari gets stuck, Montezemolo gets stuck or even Massa gets stuck?

    Very dissapointed as an Alonso fan to see him mocked when he was just a passenger.

    You Failed at objectivity.

    • It’s Fernando’s first time out with the team that’s the point. Just a fun day, noone would want to mock or offend it is just what happened in my opinion.

    • Carl27 said on 15th November 2009, 23:26

      Agreed completely with you, the Lh fans have forgotten when he was in that “performance” in Turkey “flying” through the sky…. by his own desire… This web has been a witch hunt against Alonso for a while.

    • oh come on, it’s funny. Laugh…please…

  3. it’s nice that alonso came dressed as ronnie corbett!!!!

  4. ElChiva said on 15th November 2009, 21:22

    LOL mvi

    Alonso, Massa, Montezemolo… The beach boys revival in California

  5. Nice one to go on the red car brigade :-(.

    Now no Ferrari fan will blame LH for China 07 any more :-(

  6. ElChiva said on 15th November 2009, 22:02

    oh! Ferrari fans are known to have a sense of humour

    How about Montezemolo ends up matching LH greatest moment in F1?

    After the event he declared: i’m happy to have achieved this, i didnt even have the rain and worn tires as a factor, i just pushed the team harder than ever…

  7. Rob Wilson said on 15th November 2009, 22:34

    aaaaaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha unlucky.

  8. Nice one ELChiva :-) I like that citation.

  9. The Limit said on 16th November 2009, 0:43

    That was really lame, but very funny. I guess Kimi wasn’t invited?

  10. ElChiva said on 16th November 2009, 1:02

    kimi who?




    (inaudible)

  11. F1Outsider said on 16th November 2009, 1:07

    haha great soundtrack to the video.

    You can tell Massa is a Brazilian, he was ready to push the car out.

    I can see this Ferrari going for sale at auction some 30 years from now and selling at some record price for being the Ferrari that was stuck on the gravel with World Champion Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

  12. wasiF1 said on 16th November 2009, 1:17

    Why wasn’t Kimi not invited,he still have contract for this year.

  13. Ninad said on 16th November 2009, 5:37

    You naughty Keith!! You make that news as your headline. :-) Bad omen for Ferrari!!!!!!!!!

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