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. C’mon guys, this is hilarious. Obviously Nando & Flippy thought so too, since they are both obviously p****g themselves laughing. Only thing that could have been funnier is if the two of them did push the car out. Have a laugh & leave all the moaning and proselytizing for another day.

  2. Rob R. said on 16th November 2009, 9:20

    Why did he just drive the …. into the…

    *facepalm*

  3. right... said on 16th November 2009, 9:56

    Maybe your all wrong. Maybe they will get along really well together. Maybe Lewis’s new team mate wont be as bad as his previous team mate (Kovi), and the heat rises in the Mclaren garage instead?

    The fighting follows lewis, not fernando.

  4. Fer no.65 said on 16th November 2009, 10:23

    LOL…

    that was seriously stupid!

    Why did he go in there??? :P

  5. Sush Meerkat said on 16th November 2009, 10:29

    So if your names “Luca” your destined to bin a Ferrari when the world is watching.

  6. Omegaz3ro said on 16th November 2009, 13:43

    The “magic move” of Montezemolo tells a lot about his knowledge of racing and driving.

    If he thinks that driving straight into the gravel is a good move…

    Maybe an explanation of the Badoer/Fisichella choices?

  7. Hallard said on 16th November 2009, 19:19

    Keith, thank you for posting all of these excellent photos. It is especially nice to see the F2001/2002/2004/2008 cars on slick tires!

    A couple of clarifications/corrections:
    The pic with the yellow car with red stripes titled “Ferrari Sports Cars” is a 512S followed by an F40 LM. The next pic of a red car no. 101 is a 512 BB LM. The last pic titled “The new Ferrari 458″ is actually a photo of the new Ferrari California.

    Thanks again for hosting such an amazing site!

  8. verasaki said on 16th November 2009, 19:40

    not even tony randall would be caught dead in that sweater!

  9. David Watkins said on 16th November 2009, 21:41

    Not even Barry Sheene after a two-week bender would have worn that top! Sort it out Fred

  10. al_amana said on 17th November 2009, 13:19

    Surely Ferrari deserve a drive thru penalty in the first race of the next season for that move? After all he went off track……..so in the name of consitency the rules must be adhered to!!!

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