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)


Comment of the day

@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.

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On this day in F1

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 everybody!!! Will be sending Esteban a pair of tweezers for Christmas.

  2. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 25th December 2013, 9:49

    Merry christmas to all who live and breath here on the site!

  3. It could prove a considerable advantage for Mclaren in 2015.
    Firstly, they will use the Mercedes v6Turbo this year. This means that they can inform Honda about every little problem that occurs during the 2014 season regarding their current engine, which will benefit them in 2015 when their partnership with Honda starts.
    Or am I completely wrong and isn’t Mclaren allowed to inform Honda about their Mercedes engine experiences in 2014?

  4. Eoin (@eoin16) said on 25th December 2013, 11:01

    Can we really find fault with the Indian government taxing F1 as entertainment and not a sport?? Everything F1 has done in recent years has been to “improve the show”… DRS, super degrading tires, even to the point where we now have the ridiculous double points rule for the final race.
    If F1 wants to be a show and continue to ignore its sporting needs then I say that the Indian government is right to tax it as such.
    Maybe if more countries follow suit then F1, FIA and FOM will take notice and we can have our SPORT back instead of the gimmick filled nonsense we have now.

  5. merry christmas fellow fanatics!

  6. Sauber (@mumito) said on 25th December 2013, 19:19

    This is my position over Ferrari-Alonso gate. Everybody knows Alonso is the best you can get as a F1 driver. Some may say Kimi. Thats OK with me. RAI and ALO are the best. Thats why they earn around $ 30 M a year.
    Ferrari has the high ground (as usual). If ALO gets the championship, they will keep him. Everybody wins.
    If Ferrari keeps on struggling, they will also keep him. It will be an expensive experiment….but they wont give away ALO to make progress with anybody else. I really think that with RD, ALO in Mc Laren is imposible, but ALO in Lotus can fly.
    Ferrari will shoot itself paying him 30M and keeping him to prevent ALO driving for anybody else in 2015.

    ALO knows he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Ferrari will continue in the sport, and his golden years are running away, VET has 4 championships and ALO is going slightly mad.

  7. HoHum (@hohum) said on 25th December 2013, 23:00

    The Honda situation just highlights how ridiculous this engine development freeze is, next year is supposed to promote efficiency and fuel savings which is a desirable area of research for the car industry and a great PR tool for the successful engine bldr but with development to be frozen before they even start a race the actual developmental advances that racing can produce will not be allowed to happen.
    Ferrari,Mercedes, Honda, and even Renault have the money for continuous research if it can be advantageous to their main product , and with the RPM race off the table mechanical reliability should not be a problem and all improvements in the power/fuel efficiency equation should be directly transferable to road cars.
    Time to untie the manufacturers hands and once again let F1 be the great deveopmental tool it used to be.

  8. Mike the bike Schumacher (@mike-the-bike-schumacher) said on 25th December 2013, 23:05

    Always on this website there is a common appreciation that F1 and politics should not mix, eg. Bahrain, then why now is there a mention of dissidents in Northern Ireland. I can see why there might be interest in what Irvine is up to, as he’s a former driver and there’s not much else going on in the off season, but to have such a political headline on a website, for what should be a non political sport is perplexing.

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