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Friday, May 20, 2011

Alonso contracts with Ferrari until end of 2016

Fernando Alonso signing a new contract with Ferrari team until the end of 2016.

Alonso joined Ferrari in 2010 after a difficult two years at Renault and a crazy time at McLaren in 2007. He came within four points of the title in 2010 with Ferrari and, despite a slow start to 2011, expects to see out his career at Maranello.

He said, "I am very happy to have reached this agreement,". "I felt comfortable within Ferrari and now it feels to me like a second family. I have the utmost faith in the guys who work in Maranello and in those who lead them: it is therefore natural for me to decide to extend my relationship in the long term like this, with a team at which I will no doubt end my Formula One career one day."

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo said he was delighted to have the two-time world champion onboard.

"It is a great pleasure to have renewed our agreement with a driver who has always demonstrated a winning mentality even in the most difficult circumstances," he said. "Fernando has all the required qualities, both technically and personally to play a leading role in the history of Ferrari and I hope he will be enriching it with further wins very soon."

User comment:
Posted by Greg Gavalas on (May 20 2011, 09:26 AM GMT)
Dam, was hoping he would come back to Renault one day

Posted by Tony Lau on (May 20 2011, 01:59 AM GMT)
it will be great for the team and it's team members. All they need to do is to focus on what they doing best, not worrying about where the driver will be headed next season so forth. Stability will always be the success of a great team.

Posted by Sujit Jiandani on (May 19 2011, 18:48 PM GMT)
The show is going to be big...this is itttttttttttt....I wont be surprised to see FLAVIO BRIATORE Comeback as team principal with ferrari in 2013....this is the biggest sign extending Alonso's contract...cheers....

Posted by Haroon Beg on (May 19 2011, 18:26 PM GMT)
Michael Schumacher is to Ferrari like Michael Jordan is to the Bulls, Alonso is the best driver in the field I feel, given a car that can compete, he will blow the red bulls away

Posted by Curtis Osinchuk on (May 19 2011, 13:22 PM GMT)
Wonderful, I never was that big of a Ferrari fan, but this changes everything. Go Fernando.

Posted by Jie Fulay on (May 19 2011, 12:29 PM GMT)
Ferrari must hire back raikonnen and dyer to become champion again and stefano should go he is not good motivator.....come on guys be a true Ferrari.

Posted by Ricky Chambers on (May 19 2011, 12:17 PM GMT)
I dont see him staying there until 2016. He will leave them sooner probably arguing with people at Maranello about poor performances or about if someone stronger than him joins there (remember Mclaren 2007 he left because of having to fight his team mate)

Posted by Hitendr Vasudeo on (May 19 2011, 09:20 AM GMT)
I am happy to see alonso committing till 2016. i hope ferrai provides him the car. or changes the rules of the game to suit ferrari. during michael erra. rules also suited to ferrari. if they want to have any dominance hence forth

Posted by Erik Hagberg on (May 19 2011, 09:00 AM GMT)
Now here is some news! I cannot waitttt until Fernando starts winning races again once Ferrari gets their operation together (and gives Fernando the opportunity to challenge for the driver's championship). Sadly, I feel this may not start happening for another season. :(

Posted by Herbert C. Pionilla on (May 19 2011, 08:21 AM GMT)
so you wanna be like mike

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