Fernando Alonso has finally left Ferrari with the announcement being followed up by the news that 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel is to join the Italian outfit in place of Alonso, rumours had already been circulating about the driver line-up changes but now the change at Ferrari has been confirmed.

Alonso, the two time former world champion still had a couple of years on his Ferrari contract but both parties decided to break away from the contract.

It was a difficult decision to take, but a carefully considered one from start to finish, My love for Ferrari was a prime consideration.” The Spaniard said.

Sebastian Vettel will be taking up the seat vacated by Alonso as he makes the move away from Red Bull racing where he won 4 World Championships, he will be partnering Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen in the 2015 season.

Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci was elated with the signing of Vettel, “Scuderia Ferrari has decided to put its faith in the youngest multiple champion in the history of Formula 1”

Sebastian Vettel is a unique combination of youthfulness and experience. He brings with him that sense of team spirit which will prove invaluable when, together with Kimi, they tackle the challenges awaiting us, as we aim to be front runners again as soon as possible” , Mattiacci added.

Ferrari had last won the world title in 2007 when Kimi Raikkonen won the title in the last race of the season beating Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, who were both driving for McLaren.

Alonso, who won two world championships with Renault in 2005 and 2006, moved to Ferrari in 2010 after stints with McLaren and Renault. He won 11 races for Ferrari and is regarded as one of the best drivers’ in the circuit, despite not having the best of cars over the past few years. Despite that, he still was close to winning both the 2010 and 2012 Drivers’ championships.

Alonso added “Without a shadow of a doubt, these five years produced some of the best moments of my career and I also feel that, in leaving the team, it is family rather than friends I am leaving behind,”

Alonso still is respected at Ferrari, even though he is set to leave the Maranello based outfit

In the Scuderia Ferrari roll of honour of great drivers, Fernando Alonso will always occupy a special place, We offer him our heartfelt thanks for what has been an extraordinary adventure with the Scuderia, when in the past five years, he twice came so close to winning the world championship”, added Mattiacci.

It is expected that Alonso will sign a deal with McLaren before the last race at Abu Dhabi; McLaren will be powered by Honda engines next season and are expected to decide between former world Champion Jenson Button and rookie Dane, Kevin Magnussen for the other seat in the team.

Quotes courtesy: BBC Sport

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