Ferrari dismiss Alonso exit rumours

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2013In the round-up: Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says suggestions Fernando Alonso could leave Ferrari for another team are media speculation.

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Ferrari expects Alonso to stay (Ferrari)

“I am very pleased with Fernando. He has a contract with us until the end of 2016.”

Engine manufacturers fear Honda challenge (F1 Technical)

“The current engine manufacturers fear they may face a considerable disadvantage to Honda over the course of 2014 as the Japanese manufacturer is not yet obliged to the engine freeze before it enters competition in 2015.”

F1 star Eddie Irvine: Dissident bombers are idiots (Belfast Telegraph)

“Former race ace Eddie Irvine has branded dissident republicans who?ve brought terror back to the streets of Belfast as ‘clowns and idiots’.”

A special christmas message from Esteban Gutierrez (Esteban Gutierrez via YouTube)

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@Wsrgo on the Indian Grand Prix’s chances of returning to the F1 calendar in 2015:

I hope Vicky Chandhok?s decision to not stand for re-election doesn?t affect the Indian Grand Prix?s chances to return in 2015. Either way, it probably still hinges on whether Government support can be obtained. If India?s top brass still continue to treat F1 as entertainment, not sport, and thus levy entertainment taxes on the incomes, the Indian Grand Prix will probably not return.

Chandhok has done tremendously well as the FMSCI president in the last few years, and it?ll be tough for his successor (whoever he is) to emulate him.
@Wsrgo

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Happy birthday to Wilson Fittipaldi who turns 70 today. Sixth place on his debut for Brabham in his (non-championship) home grand prix in 1972 was a promising start but he ended the year point-less. Nevertheless he remained with Bernie Ecclestone’s team for a second season and took a best finish of fifth at the Nurburgring.

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41 comments on Ferrari dismiss Alonso exit rumours

  1. Merry Christmas to everyone on F1Fanatic and have a great day (even if you have to brave this terrible weather in Britain to do so)!

  2. Merry or Happy Christmas, to all.

  3. Nick Jarvis (@nickj95gb) said on 25th December 2013, 0:31

    Thanks for the round up even on Christmas morning.
    Merry Xmas.

  4. Hoffy said on 25th December 2013, 0:38

    Merry christmas everyone ! May you all get lots of F1 related presents ! (I have my fingers crossed for a copy of F1 2013 :P )

  5. obviously said on 25th December 2013, 0:58

    No wonder there are only two images in this roundup. Judging by the progressive growth in the size of the eyebrows, the next image could have only been Nigel Mansell, and he really isn’t up to much F1 stuff lately.

    On a more serious subject.
    If, judging by the latest spate of nonsense from Working Groups, Overtaking Group and similar “bodies”, F1 doesn’t consider itself a sport anymore, but just an entertainment, does it really matter that much that India treats it just the way it is asking to be treated?

  6. Merry Christmas from Australia!

  7. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 25th December 2013, 1:10

    If Alonso does exit Ferrari, I’m more concerned about the condition of Ferrari than I am about Fernando. That’s because I know that FA will be his usual quick and relentless self no matter what car he drives, let it be Ferrari, McLaren, Lotus, or whatever. On the other hand, the idea of an Alonso-less Ferrari from 2010-2013 would have been quite frightening.

  8. Deej92 (@deej92) said on 25th December 2013, 1:15

    Merry Christmas fellow F1F users!

  9. Spawinte (@spawinte) said on 25th December 2013, 1:32

    I’d be careful with that talk if I was Eddie Irvine. Condemnation of such acts is expected among politicians but sticking your neck out like that could make you a target for those fanatics. You’d be surprised what they’d do to keep their agenda in the news.

    • FormulaLes (@formulales) said on 25th December 2013, 8:35

      I’m not following what is going on in Northern Island, but as a general rule, if no speaks out about what terrorists are doing, then don’t the they win? Given the whole modus operandi of terrorists is to instil fear into people, and then use that fear to get what they want. As the article mentions, Eddie Irvine has business interests in the area; it is in his best interest that the attacks stop and the area remains peaceful. The only tool he has at his disposal is to use his profile to publicly condemn them and hopefully give others the courage to also condemn them too.

    • Mouse_Nightshirt (@mouse_nightshirt) said on 25th December 2013, 9:51

      Being Northern Irish, I’m glad Eddie has spoken out about this.

      It’s not the 70s anymore. Speaking out isn’t unsafe, infact, the cowards would never touch someone like Eddie – he’s far too big.

      I just wish they’d stop calling these people “dissidents”. They’re terrorists.

    • MuzzleFlash (@muzzleflash) said on 25th December 2013, 10:53

      As @mouse_nightshirt said, it’s nice to hear someone other than a politician talk about this and Eddie’s never been shy on talking frankly about where he’s from.

      Every progressive step over the years has seen a split by hardliners who disagree with it, so all we’re left with is this distilled essence of nutter; anyone with any realistic political agenda or remote ability whatsoever has long since ‘retired’.

  10. joac21 (@joac21) said on 25th December 2013, 1:35

    i hope Esteban its going to show some of its doubters a few things next year

  11. David-A (@david-a) said on 25th December 2013, 1:39

    Merry Christmas everyone!

  12. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 25th December 2013, 5:02

    My first COTD!!! Thanks a lot, @keithcollantine!! A COTD on Christmas too!!!

  13. Maciek (@maciek) said on 25th December 2013, 5:50

    Gutierrez has one seriously freaky face to neck size ratio.

  14. Mashiat (@) said on 25th December 2013, 7:53

    First link: Alonso will probably remain at Ferrari
    Second link: Honda will probably be the best engine in 2015
    So unless Ferrari have the best car next season, Alonso should seriously consider moving to McLaren because even now, they seem favorites for the title in 2015. Combined with Alonso and they mean some serious business. With Prodromu and many more technical officers headed to McLaren, that’s the place to be for Alonso, I believe, in 2015.

  15. andae23 (@andae23) said on 25th December 2013, 8:27

    Merry Christmas, F1 fanatics! :)

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