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Fresh Ferrari Rumours: Schumacher Out, Alonso In

Fresh Ferrari Rumours: Schumacher Out, Alonso In

It isn’t the first time that rumours concerning Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso have made their way around the Formula One gossip columns, but it is perhaps the first since the seven-times world champion hung up his boots and retired. However, while Schumacher is just an advisor to the company now, only occasionally testing the Formula One cars, he is likely to be an expensive cog in the cost-cutting machine, and his position is to be evaluated according to Stefano Domenicali.

Schumacher is under contract for another season at Maranello, working for both the Formula One team and the road car division. However, at the end of 2009 his contract is up and team bosses have stated that nothing has been decided regarding Michael’s future at Ferrari.

He still has a contract with us for next year, so he’ll stay with us. The activities he has done with us both in the road car department and in the racing one will carry on.

However, and I’m just saying this from a personal point of view, it’s clear that everything must be assessed for what it can bring. So, during the season we’ll have discussions to understand whether this collaboration will keep on going. Stefano Domenicali.

Which loosely translated means that Ferrari are feeling the pinch as the global economy slides over the cliff edge, and with undoubtedly fewer people buying Ferrari and Fiat road cars, the money available to keep Schumacher on the books must be depleting. Ferrari understand that the money they have must be put into the correct departments to ensure the company survives and the team continue to be successful. And while Schumacher is almost certainly a treasured asset, hos contributions may not be worth the pay packet Ferrari pay out every month.

However, while one world champion may be about to sign-on, another looks to have a continued relationship with Formula One. Fernando Alonso did his reputation a huge amount of good work last season upon his return to Renault. Although the R28 wasn’t the greatest car on the grid by some margin, the progress made during the campaign was visible for all to see, culminating in two hard-fought and well-deserved victories. Alonso is still a wanted man, and I doubt the desire to race for Ferrari has waned in his heart.

Rumours starting in Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport speculate that the Spaniard has signed a four-year deal with the Scuderia, starting in 2011. Alonso has been open about his wish to drive for the Maranello team, and during 2008 the rumour mill was in full swing; Kimi Raikkonen seemed to be off-form and few expected Felipe Massa to rise to the challenge in the way that he did. However, Alonso’s hopes were dashed when Raikkonen secured an extension to his contract, meaning Alonso had little choice but to re-sign to Renault.

According to Autosport who have reported on the translated article, there are get-out clauses on both sides of the agreement between Alonso and Ferrari, and although 2011 is the proposed start-date, the Spaniard could be installed into a Ferrari in 2010 if Kimi Raikkonen doesn’t improve during this upcoming season. Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo continues to state that the team have both current drivers under contract until the end of 2010, but also states that “life is long and in the future we will see”, hinting that Alonso is still young and has plenty of time left in his career to make the move to Italy.

Oliver White

12 comments

  • I think the question of what exactly Schuey is there to do is a valid one. Looks a bit to me like a case of jobs for the boys – or maybe just holding Flippy’s hand on race day. I can’t really find it in myself to worry about Schuey being out of a job, I’m sure he won’t be scrounging for a buck anytime soon.

    But boy do I hope the rumours about Nando are not true. It’d be a black day in my household if I had to start supporting Ferrari 🙁

  • I am curious. Why after all of this time of having Sato’s eye on your site have there not been more articles about Sato. He’s not even mentioned once in this article. He could take Schumacher’s place as consultant at Ferrari surely.

    *ahem*

  • He could take Schumacher’s place as consultant at Ferrari surely.

    He could do that actually. After all, Sato’s had plenty of running in the STR-Ferrari, and if he doesn’t get the gig he’ll have plenty of time on his hands. And I bet he’s cheaper than a seven-time world champion!

  • I would love to see Alonso at Ferrari. I think Ferrari will be able to give him a championship winning package in his first year there.

    There would only be 1 person standing in his way to the trophy; Hamilton, and we all know what the racing is like when those too are competing together 🙂

  • There would only be 1 person standing in his way to the trophy; Hamilton, and we all know what the racing is like when those too are competing together

    I just hope that if the rumour is true, Ferrari can continue to build good cars. They’ve been in performance slumps in the past (21 years without a drivers title) and they have lost a little of their dominance in recent years.

  • It seems as though the Alonso to Ferrari story is one that the media is seeking to cook up so much that it forces the involved parties to make it happen.

    Fernando clearly wants to drive for Ferrari, but to me the tip-off is the movement of Santander from McLaren to Ferrari for 2010. Why would a sponsor leave the team of the defending World Champion without good reason?

  • Alonso to ferrari is something I dread as he will be able to challenge Lewis but then again, it might be good to watch as Massa will definitely pick fights with Alonso and vice versa. Woohoo, can’t wait to see the 2 screwing up FIArrari.

  • What about Alonso winning the world champion title again with a Renault? That will be enough for the british press to recognise who is the best? Time will say the final result. If he is able to make the R-29 a fast car, He should keep working for Renault. Any team apart from McLaren would be good.

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