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Fernando Alonso moves to Ferrari on a 3 year contract

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Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso - NewFerrari lineup

Its curtains for Kimi Raikkonen’s stint with the Ferrari formula one team with Ferrari confirm the move of Fernando Alonso to the team on a 3 year contract. All season rumours were alive of Alonso’s switch to Ferrari and they have finally been confirmed. This is Alonso’s 3rd major shift in the last few years, from Renault –> McLaren –> Renault –> Ferrari. This means that Giancarlo Fisichella moves to the reserve driver role. He would have probably been better of with a racing role with Force India but lets see how he holds up as a third driver.

Ferrari’s official press release follows :

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that it has reached an agreement with the driver Fernando Alonso. The agreement covers three racing seasons, starting in 2010. The Scuderia’s driver line-up next season will therefore be made up of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, with Giancarlo Fisichella in the role of reserve driver.
Kimi Raikkonen will leave the team at the end of this current season, after what has been a rewarding and fruitful partnership, which saw him win the Drivers’ title in 2007. He also played a key role in Ferrari’s taking of the Constructor’s title that same year and in 2008.

“We are very proud to welcome to our team another winning driver, who has demonstrated his amazing talent by winning two World Championships in his career to date,” said Stefano Domenicali. “Of course, we wish to thank Kimi for everything he has done during his time with Ferrari: in his first year with us, he managed to win the Drivers’ title, thus making his contribution to Ferrari’s history and he played a vital role in our taking of the Constructors’ title in 2007 and 2008. Even during a difficult season like this one, he has demonstrated his great talent, with several good results, including a great win in Spa and we are sure that we can share more good times together in the final three races of this season.”

“With common consent, we have agreed to terminate the contract binding me toFerrari to the end of 2010, one year ahead of schedule,” said Kimi Raikkonen. “I am very sad to be leaving a team with which I have spent three fantastic years, during which time I won plenty of races. Together, we have won 50% of the world titles in that period and I managed to take the Drivers’ title in 2007, thus achieving the target I had set myself at the start of my career. I have always felt at home with everyone here and I will have many happy memories of my time with the team.”

Written by Formula One Addict

October 1st, 2009 at 12:55 pm

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