Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed Fernando Alonso will leave the team and given reasons for his departure.
It has been evident since the Japanese Grand Prix weekend that Alonso's time at Ferrari was coming to an end
, with Sebastian Vettel poised to replace him next season after leaving Red Bull. Montezemolo – whose tenure as chairman at Ferrari officially ended on Monday – confirmed that Alonso would be moving elsewhere and highlighted two main aspects as to why he was cutting ties with Ferrari.
“Fernando is leaving for two reasons,” Montezemolo told RAI
television. “One because he wants to cement himself in another environment. And two because he's at an age where he cannot wait to win again.
“He has been disappointed not to have won (the drivers' championship) in these years and he needs a new stimulus.”
Alonso himself says it will be “obvious” what he plans to do
in the future once it is announced, with McLaren his most likely destination.