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Alonso to Renault? Why not Ferrari?

Alonso to Renault? Why not Ferrari?


There is no doubt that part of the negotiation going on at Spa last weekend was to find a way for Fernando Alonso to get out of his McLaren contract. Our spies suggest that while everyone seems to think that Fernando will wash up at Renault, it is much more likely that he will be popping up as Kimi Raikkonen's team-mate at Ferrari. The Italian team would obviously have to pay a considerable sum of money in order to achieve that goal but no doubt that money could be used by McLaren to find a replacement and perhaps even to pay its fine.

Alonso was busy doing the rounds in Spa and was spotted at Red Bull Racing, which can only be seen as a courtesy call, rather than something serious. At the same time the sharp-eyed observers will have seen Felipe Massa visiting Toyota.

We also hear that a group of Ferrari owners recently visited the factory in Italy and were told by a senior Ferrari man that there was a possibility that Alonso would drive for Ferrari next season and that the team was working on a deal.

All this would involve Massa moving on to become number one at Toyota, which would be a lucrative move but might not help his career as a Grand Prix winner. It would also create some interesting dynamics in the Todt Family.

Massa is managed by Nicolas Todt - Jean's son - and he may not be happy to see his charge being booted out of Maranello. This might perhaps explain the fact that another Todt Jr protege - Luca Filippi - is now being mentioned as a possible Ferrari test driver next year.

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Well, from a recent post race argument with Massa, we know Alonso can swear in Italian.
I have always thought he would be a better fit at Ferrari.
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Well, from a recent post race argument with Massa, we know Alonso can swear in Italian.
I have always thought he would be a better fit at Ferrari.
Lots of folks at Ferrarichat.com are not too keen on Alonso joining the Scuderia. His recent antics have taken their toll on his reputation as a person.

I see him back at Renault more than anywhere else. Flavio Briatore is at contract renewal time with them and it is easy to envision a Briatore/Alonso partnership at Renault next year.

McLaren will probably not let him go until Hamilton is crowned WDC. They need him as an insulator - to take points away from Kimi. Its going to be tight because Ron Dennis can't let Alonso go right now in spite of the fact that Hamilton's closest threat is his own team mate.

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Alonso will never go to Ferrari. His problem with McLaren is that they wont designate him #1 and have the team work to support his championship run to the exclusion of the other driver. Ferrari wont make him #1. They didn't make Raikonnen #1 when he joined, over Massa of all people. Alonso should pay attention to Raikonnen's example in this situation. Kimi just shut up and drove the car. And right now he's ahead of his teammate.
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Alonso will never go to Ferrari. His problem with McLaren is that they wont designate him #1 and have the team work to support his championship run to the exclusion of the other driver. Ferrari wont make him #1. They didn't make Raikonnen #1 when he joined, over Massa of all people. Alonso should pay attention to Raikonnen's example in this situation. Kimi just shut up and drove the car. And right now he's ahead of his teammate.
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I agree with you. I cannot see Raikonnen being happy being # 2 either.

Further I thought that Jean Todt was on record as saying that Alonso would never drive for Ferrari on the basis that Alonso had prevously gone back on an agreement to drive for the Scuderia?
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yeah i totally agree too, kimi doesnt need to have number one status, he's too cool and talented to give a shit...alonso's a cry baby...i reckon i can beat him in a fight...
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kimi doesnt need to have number one status, he's too cool and talented to give a shit...
Prior to this season, I was a rabid McLaren Mercedes fan, regardless of who was driving for them. But the last few years have made me a Kimi fan as opposed to a McLaren fan. The defining moment for me was Monaco, I think last year, when Kimi's car broke down. Instead of heading back to the pits he went to a friend's yacht and enjoyed a drink on the aft-deck while the cameras were rolling away. I will admit to being conflicted about cheering for the red car. I feel a little traitorous.

If Kimi can't win this year, I'd love to see Lewis Hamilton do it. But right now I'm still cheering for Kimi.
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This should put an end to the Alonso/Ferrari speculation:

BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Massa's new deal ends Alonso link
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This should put an end to the Alonso/Ferrari speculation:

BBC SPORT | Motorsport | Formula One | Massa's new deal ends Alonso link
There was also a recent Jean Todt interview, where he described the chances of a Ferrari cockpit for Alonso from 'zero to none.'
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