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Whitmarsh: 'Alonso 2010 with Ferrari"

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by woe_woe (U14081103) 21 August 2009
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"It's no secret anymore in the scene." says the McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh and confirms to BBC from his point of view what Gerhard Berger was mentioning for the first time months ago: "Alonso will definitly race for Ferrari in 2010!" Therefor one of drivers with an actual contract has to leave the Italians.

Kimi Räikkönen could join FIAT for the Rallye-Championchip. No one really believes that Felipe Massa is the one on the move.

That, in the end, provides also big pressure on Whitmarshs own driver Heikki Kovalainen, who is supposed to deliver at least one win in this season. McLaren is always known to have, at least together with Ferrari, the best drivers in Formula One.

With Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa or Kimi Räikkönen in red, the Silver Arrows will have to struggle next year!

Update:
A spokesman of Ferrari says to the Whitmarsh interview that the Italians have a contract with two drivers, Massa and Räikkönen, until the end of 2010. "Things happen or not. We are not under pressure to change things." But that there is no point for him to speak about a 'Fernando-Ferrari-Transfer'.

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posted Aug 21, 2009

I am very surprised, because if anyone was to retire from Formula 1 I thought it would be Alonso, after his comments during the FOCA breakaway crisis in which he said that "Formula 1 is finished".

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posted Aug 21, 2009

But it is just an opinion and supported by what?

There are 2 sides to every story, yet we have only heard one side.

It can also be said that the opinion that FA was the fall guy for Mclaren's unsporting behaviour, is also well supported.

History may one day give us clarity, who knows Alonso may even be proved to be the good guy in all of this?

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posted Aug 21, 2009

I don't expect any favouritism next season simply because Massa is much loved within the Ferrari team and Alonso will be regarded as their prize asset so it will be hard to favour one over the other.

That said, there will be huge tension between Massa and Alonso next season - mark my words. That's no discredit to them as I think they are both good guys.

At the end of the day top drivers hate to be beaten (especially by their teammates) and those two will be beating each other at various points next season so teacups will be flying around the garage next season about who has been given the better strategy etc.

It will be like Hamilton-Alonso all over again and could go the final race.

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posted Aug 22, 2009

Who cares which ego maniac is being massively overpaid to drive a machine who's speed is controlled by engineers, not the 'driver'?

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posted Aug 22, 2009

As this is an F1 forum why click on it at all if you "don't care which ego maniac" etc, unless it was for the pleasure of being above all this nonsense.
Yes it is a technology driven sport fuelled by burning Dollars but there still needs to be some skill to pilot the things & give the "sport" a human element.

On the subject of skill; Calvister thinks Massa is not a good driver? The weight of his argument being that Massa has not won the World championship.
There have been many skilled & talented drivers over the years who have never won the world championship, Moss & Villeneuve to name but two and a few weaker drivers who have won it..

Don't argue I mean the other Villeneuve.

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posted Aug 23, 2009

@endofcity (U7628473)

"Who cares which ego maniac is being massively overpaid to drive a machine who's speed is controlled by engineers, not the 'driver'?"

I think Badoer's performance proves you completely wrong there. Just saying...

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posted Aug 23, 2009

Two podiums in a row and Kimi has lost his motivation? Don't think so somehow. I'm thinking Kimi will still be in a Ferrari next year.

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posted Aug 25, 2009

I really don't understand this bias people have against Kimi. Everyone knows kimi's persona-he does not show emotions. But that does not mean he is not motivated. He has performed very well under the circumstances. Last year his car had reliability issues which saw him DNF a number of times. Should we hold Kimi for the car's reliability issues? I think everyone must be fair towards Kimi.

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posted Sep 23, 2009

Kimi is a great driver who has put in a lot of rock solid performances this year. Any move by Ferrari to unload him would be very unfair!

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comment by RAF (U13830415)

posted Sep 30, 2009

Whitmarsh was correct then <biggrin>

"It's no secret anymore in the scene''

Too true, it's F1's worst kept secret....ever.

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