F1 » Ferrari explains Raikkonen exit, admits Alonso concerns

Luca di Montezemolo rubbishes suggestions made by Kimi Raikkonen that the Finn was replaced at Ferrari by Fernando Alonso to please sponsor Santander - as he admits to some prior concerns about the Scuderia's new charge

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Svend - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 1:53 PM

Well, I dont blame Ferrari eighter. Who would not take the offer from Santander? Santander paid Raikkonens fee + they pay Alonsos fee. Ferrari will save 20+ mio. Montezemolo is trying hard to defend Ferraris independence. Lets face it: Alonso cant do anything Raikkonen could not have done. If the 2010 Ferrari is a winner, its purely down to the tecnical department. Btw. Domenicali should show more gratitude to their only champion since the Brawn-Schumacher-Todt era.

jeff - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 2:50 PM

Kimi said himself that there is no driver who develops a car... and I agree with him...

button won bcoz the team prepared a car for him, Weber is winning bcoz of that....
If Alonso is that Good, he could have not ended this year with a worst car on the grid with only 1 lucky podium.

Raikonen whose the car stopped dvlpments earlier managed many podiums and a win.

That's the reality....Alonso was overrated regarding Kimi,....and his relationship with Massa will make di montezemolo eat his hairs...


December 21, 2009 3:01 PM

good poiunt jeff. alonso obviously failed at helping to develop the car, whereas kimi, almost singlehandedly managed to find some improvement. so alonso better perform well next year or else he will also be kimied. (good word that!)

Dale - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 3:09 PM

I don't understand the need to clarify why Alonso was hired? If Alonso was a crappy driver ok but he has won world titles and can win again. That a spanish bank is financing ferrari made it all but a slam dunk. That ferrari is defending its position makes it even more apparent that the bank was a bigger influence.

FreddyFreeloader - Unregistered

December 21, 2009 3:37 PM

@ Dale - Santander are putting very big money into Ferrari and that gives them a lot of say. Also, everyone remembers how FA was at Mcl. LH should have won the title in 2007 but FA was no support at all. That would never have happened at Ferrari. I think Luca is right to clarify the situation so FA is in no doubt of his role if Massa is the best chance of WDC in 2010


December 21, 2009 3:42 PM

What a way to start a new team. FA has been told by massa he was part of crash gate and now Luca said they have had a talk with FA on team play. Ferrari has so many doubts that it makes me know Santander told them who to hire. Now they are trying to look like they are the ones in charge. The FA crap is already causing issues before the new season.

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