Alonso denies latest Ferrari rumours
9 July, 2009
Fernando Alonso on Thursday denied the latest round of suggestions that he is set to switch to Ferrari. Authoritative arms of the Spanish and Italian press now agree that the 27-year-old could switch to the Maranello based team in 2010, with an official announcement in September or November.
“As usual, all of these are only rumours,” the Spaniard told reporters at the Nurburgring ahead of this weekend’s German grand prix. “They have been happening in the last four or five years all the time.”
Interestingly, while the Alonso-Ferrari linkup is regarded as the worst-kept secret in F1, the Renault driver answered “no” twice when asked if has either inked a contract or held any talks with the famous Italian team.
Earlier today it was reported that Alonso was destined to be unveiled as a Ferrari driver. The story is this week being carried by Italy’s specialist La Gazzetta dello Sport as well as Autosprint.
The latter magazine, in the same issue containing Jacques Villeneuve’s declaration that he wants to return to F1, showed on its cover a photo-shopped image of 27-year-old Alonso wearing red overalls and the caption ‘Alonso will be a Ferrarista from 15 November’.
La Gazzetta claims the Spaniard’s deal, for two years and options for three more, was actually drawn up last summer but Ferrari has “decided to keep totally silent”, probably because Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen are under contract for 2010.
The sports daily says Raikkonen has been advised by lawyers to insist the Maranello based team honour the agreement, meaning that if Ferrari wants to replace him, they will have to pay his full 28m euro fee next year.