Reports Claim Alonso Turned Down 2009 Ferrari F1 Offer

Fernando Alonso
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 2nd, 2009 5:31pm
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weezychest weezychest
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 6th, 2009 12:15am
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unknownuser unknownuser
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 4th, 2009 2:49am
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politz politz
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 3rd, 2009 9:12am
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radmeister radmeister
I hope he wins this coming season :p
Jan 3rd, 2009 3:32am
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Get_real Get_real
Same here, good of him not to drop everything just because Ferrari speaks... Now I just hope he doesn't go at all.
Jan 3rd, 2009 1:42am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
GOOD MAN ! This goes along way for me to respect him despite what i've said before.
Jan 3rd, 2009 1:25am
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Pentium Pentium
If that's what happened, I'm starting to like this guy! Not as a driver but as person!
Jan 3rd, 2009 1:13am
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gorgonzola gorgonzola
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 3rd, 2009 12:06am
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ayoub ayoub
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 2nd, 2009 11:08pm
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