Reports Claim Alonso Turned Down 2009 Ferrari F1 Offer

 Reports Claim Alonso Turned Down 2009 Ferrari F1 Offer
Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso turned down an opportunity to switch immediately to Ferrari out of loyalty to his current F1 employer Renault.

That is the claim of a Spanish newspaper, following authoritative reports from Italy that the former double world champion has now penned a deal to race with the famous Maranello based team in 2010 or 2011.

Diario AS said Ferrari were prepared to put Alonso, 27, into the 2009 race seat of Kimi Raikkonen, who despite winning the title in 2007 had a disappointing season last year.

But Alonso, said the newspaper, put a stop to the deal because it would have left Renault in the lurch less than three months from the start of the 2009 season.

"In short, the Italian team's sudden interest came too late for Fernando," AS said.



Source: GMM
Published Jan 2, 2009 10:31 am
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Well done Alonso. Renault took him back with open arms after his stint with Mclaren. He definetly has what it takes too be champ again. He will help get renault back too the top.
Jan 5, 2009 5:15 pm
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You have to love the Spanish papers. They've gotten into the "spirit" of F1 reporting. It very much appears that, like Gazetta dello Sport, they're published everyday and have lots of pages to fill. Who precisely was Alonso supposed to replace at Ferrari? Marc Gene?
Jan 3, 2009 7:49 pm
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Interesting... these news sound like something from the old school racing days, you know, when team meant more than sponsors... Well, would be nice to see the F1 game becoming somewhat exciting and "human" again. By the way, don't know if I can say that after the new WCF rules and all, but... man, he is hawt. :) Oh, by the way, happy new year everyone! Cheers!
Jan 3, 2009 2:12 am
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I hope he wins this coming season :p
Jan 2, 2009 8:32 pm
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Same here, good of him not to drop everything just because Ferrari speaks... Now I just hope he doesn't go at all.
Jan 2, 2009 6:42 pm
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GOOD MAN ! This goes along way for me to respect him despite what i've said before.
Jan 2, 2009 6:25 pm
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If that's what happened, I'm starting to like this guy! Not as a driver but as person!
Jan 2, 2009 6:13 pm
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He did too....And if I was him....I would stay in that team they love him. They care Ferrari would be just another death trap mark my words.
Jan 2, 2009 5:06 pm
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he did the right thing....! looking after hes team.. u need 2 give more then 3 month for a F1 driver.. good luck 2 all....:)
Jan 2, 2009 4:08 pm
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