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15 January 2010 :: 11:01:49 am 7004

Alonso Pledges Career to the Prancing Horse

Former F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has announced at a press conference in Italy that he plans to stay with the famous Ferrari team until the end of his career.
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Rome, the 15th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: After two relatively forgettable seasons with the Renault team – who he won the 2005 and 2006 F1 titles with – the Spaniard has now joined the famous old Italian team and will take up a position on the grid against former champion and title rival Michael Schumacher, who also largely contributed to Ferrari’s notoriety worldwide.

Alonso, speaking at a Ferrari pre-season skiing event in Madonna Di Campiglio stated; “This will be 100 percent my last team. I’m arriving here much better prepared than when I arrived at Renault. I’m ready for this huge challenge, Ferrari is known the world over and we have to win.”

 

Asked how he was enjoying pre-season with his new team Alonso revealed; “Driving a Ferrari was my dream since I was a child and now it’s come true. It’s great to be in this team because there’s a family feeling which you don’t find elsewhere.” He was much relaxed on questions related to his rivalry with Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa, claiming that he was preparing for competition on the track and the football field, with Brazil and Spain being the two favorites for this years’ World Cup in South Africa.

“Would I prefer Spain to win their first World Cup or for me to win the world title with Ferrari? Let me think about that,” joked Alonso. Speaking on the football rivalry in more detail, Alonso explained; “There’s no problem between Massa and me because we can’t meet in the final. I think if we both get through the group stages then we’ll meet in the quarters or semis and so I’m sorry for Felipe because it will be over.”

When question on how he feels about going up against former rival Schumacher, he admitted that he is looking forward to locking horns with his old rival Michael once again, the German having joined Mercedes for the new season – a team that Alonso also had a brief but troubled time with after parting Renault as world champion in 2006.

“Winning seven titles would be difficult, if not impossible in today’s Formula One. If he’s been given this opportunity and has taken the decision to race again it’s because he’s ready,” said the 28-year-old. “I’m happy about it; it’s a good thing for Formula One. Schumi’s return can bring only good things.”

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Harry Roberts   Category : Sports News

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