Alonso: “Ferrari will 100% be my last team”
14 January, 2010
Jan.14 (GMM) Fernando Alonso on Thursday announced that he will finish his formula one career at the wheel of a Ferrari.
The 28-year-old, with a multiple year contract that begins in 2010, was facing the ranks of international press for the first time as an official Ferrari driver.
“This will 100 per cent be my last team. I want to finish my career with a good taste in the mouth,” he said at the Madonna di Campiglio winter media event in northern Italy.
Spaniard Alonso, who won two world championships in 2005 and 2006, said he can be confident about his future because he comes to Ferrari “much better prepared than when I arrived at Renault”.
He was less keen to talk about any potential conflict with his new teammate Felipe Massa, but said Ferrari’s structure is able to treat its drivers equally.
“I never asked to be a number one driver but what I don’t want is to be a number two; it happened sometimes in 2007 (at McLaren),” said Alonso.
He stopped short of weighing into the slight needle that his crept into Ferrari’s relationship with Michael Schumacher, after Stefano Domenicali said the German’s move to Mercedes GP is an extra stimulus to show the might of the Italian team.
“If the boss says this, I say the same. Whatever the boss says is right,” Alonso smiled.
On a more serious note, Alonso would not confirm whether or not Flavio Briatore is still involved in the management of his career.