Under the deal announced today he will drive for them for the next five years.
Alonso said: “I always said it was my intention to end my career at Ferrari, as I felt at home here since day one.
“By the end of 2016, I will have been with Ferrari for seven years and maybe for 2017 I can sign another contract with Ferrari if I am not too old and if they are still happy with me!”
He added a key part of the attraction of driving for Ferrari was that they are consistently competitive: “It is impossible to predict what will happen in Formula 1 and therefore I don’t know how many I can win.
“My intention is to keep on enjoying my racing and this is the best team to be with, because with other teams, their form can go up and down a lot, but with Ferrari, a bad year can mean finishing second or third in the championship.”
He said agreeing the new deal was “Very easy, very simple
“I guess we began talking one or two weeks ago about the future. I am very happy at the team and they seem happy with me and from there we had discussions and decided on 2016.
“There was never any doubt in my mind, but the confirmation makes it clear for everyone and those in the team.”
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