Friday, 15 November 2019

Di Montezemolo Confirms Alonso's Ferrari Exit


Luca di Montezemolo Confirms Fernando Alonso's Ferrari Departure.

Fernando Alonso is leaving Ferrari at the end of the season, outgoing president Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed.

The Spanish two-time Formula One world champion has been linked with a move away throughout the year, with McLaren seemingly his most likely destination.

Ferrari were yet to comment on the speculation, but Di Montezemolo confirmed the 33-year-old's departure on Wednesday.

"Fernando is leaving for two reasons," he told RAI.

"One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again."

"He was disappointed that he has not won over these last years and wanted new stimulus."

Alonso is reportedly considering a move to McLaren or taking a year off with the hope of joining Mercedes in 2016.

He is without a race win in 2014, sitting sixth in the drivers' standings.

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Fernando Alonso Díaz (born 29 July 1981 in Oviedo, Asturias, Spain) is a Spanish Formula One racing driver and a two-time World Champion who is currently racing for Scuderia Ferrari.

Alonso started in karting from the age of 3.

He won three consecutive karting championships in Spain from 1994 to 1997, and he became world karting champion in 1996.

He made his Formula One debut in the 2001 season with Minardi, and then moved to the Renault as a test driver the next year.

Starting in 2003 Alonso then became one of the main drivers of the team.

On 25 September 2005, he won the Formula One World Driver's Championship title at the age of 24 years and 58 days, at the time making him the youngest Formula One World Drivers' Champion.

After retaining the title the following year, Alonso also became the youngest double Champion at the time.

He joined McLaren in 2007, before returning to Renault for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, and in 2010, he joined Scuderia Ferrari.

Nicknamed El Nano, a typical pseudonym for Fernando in Asturias, his place of birth, Alonso acts as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.

Alonso also had become the youngest driver to win a pole position and Grand Prix respectively in the 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix and the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix, before both records were broken by Sebastian Vettel in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix.

With his fourth place finish in the 2013 Japanese Grand Prix, scoring his 1,571st career point, Alonso took over the record for most championship points in his career.

A new rule for the 2014 season was that the drivers picked a unique car number they would use for the rest of their F1 career.

Alonso picked #14 as he used the number in his karting career and considers it to be a lucky number.

In October 2014, it was reported that Alonso would be leaving Ferrari at the end of the season to join McLaren-Honda.