While there have been rumblings about Fernando Alonso’s future at Formula 1 team Ferrari, the former president Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will leave the team at the end of this season.
Alonso’s decision to leave Ferrari is an open secret in Formula 1 but neither him nor the team has confirmed any such move, it is also widely expected that 4 time world champion Sebastian Vettel will take up Alonso’s place next year from Red Bull Racing.
Di Montezemolo spoke to an Italian television channel “Fernando is leaving for two reasons. One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is at an age when he cannot wait to win again.”
Di Montezemolo was speaking on an Italian television show which was looking back at his 23 years at Ferrari. The Italian revealed that Alonso had asked Montezemolo to release him from his contract. Alonso had been runner up to Sebastian Vettel thrice in the last four years.
“He was disappointed that he has not won over these last years and wanted new stimulus.” added the Italian. The Spaniard had joined Ferrari in 2010 after a stint with Renault and McLaren. The double world champion said during the recently concluded Russian Grand Prix that his choice would be “obvious” when he would announce it.
Rumors circulating in the grid are that Alonso would return to McLaren next season where the British outfit would be using Honda engines in a bid to get back to winning races. McLaren have been off the pace for the last 2 seasons, with Hamilton moving to Mercedes they need a strong number 1 driver and Alonso would be perfect.
This would weaken the positions of both McLaren drivers for next season with doubts over Kevin Magnusson and Jenson Button. Button, a world champion with Brawn GP could be without a drive for next season.
There is a faint possibility that Alonso may want to switch to Mercedes but that would not happen before the 2016 season and that would mean that Alonso would have to sit out on a year of Formula 1 racing, similar to what Kimi Raikkonen did when he left Ferrari and returned with Lotus.
Whatever happens, thanks to Sebastian Vettel’s move, this Formula 1 off season will be one to follow.