F1’s Alonso extends contract with Ferrari to 2016
Ferrari has extended Fernando Alonso’s contract through the end
of 2016 and the Spanish driver says he will finish his career with
the Italian team.
”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,” Ferrari president Luca di
Montezemolo said Thursday.
”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.”
Alonso joined Ferrari from Renault and nearly won the Formula
One title last year in his first season with the Italian team.
After a slow start to the year, he entered the final race leading
the drivers’ standings, but Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel won the
title after a series of strategic errors by Ferrari.
Ferrari has also had a slow start this season. Alonso is fifth
in the driver’s standings and teammate Felipe Massa is sixth
through four races.
Alonso’s home Spanish Grand Prix is this weekend in
”I immediately felt comfortable within Ferrari and now it feels
to me like a second family,” Alonso said. ”I have the utmost
faith in the men and women who work in Maranello and in those who
”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.”