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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Banking on those Alonso to Ferrari rumors

Deny it if they wish, or simply not answer when questioned, but rumors persist that double world champion Fernando Alonso will be making a switch to the Prancing Horse next year.

The latest comes from German magazine Sport Bild (uh-oh), who report current McLaren partner Santander is on the brink of signing a €25 million-per-season deal to move to Ferrari, and are looking to take Alonso with them.

Santander, a Spanish bank, came to McLaren with Alonso in 2007. The German paper reports part of its new deal with Ferrari would be a contribution to cover Alonso’s salary.

The deal would also cover wing and overall space, and hey, corporate colors are red and white. How ’bout that?

Want more coincidence? Alonso said at the British Grand Prix he could wait until September to reveal his intentions, which so happens to be when Ferrari traditionally reveals its driver lineup.

With Kimi Raikkonen on the record saying he will honor his contract in 2009, theorists are looking at Massa as the likely casualty of such a move.

I’ve often said in this sport if everyone denies it, it must be true, so based on that, a lot of Spaniards will soon be buying red hats.

News of the World witness a no show

Day 2,183 of the Max Mosley court case was adjourned after a witness for News of the World wasn’t able to appear.

The defense team said the witness' “emotional and mental state is such that it would not be fair or reasonable to call her to give evidence,” the BBC reports.

Sadly, that means no talk of bottoms or canes or uniforms or anything fun like that today. Sorry, kids.

Court is adjourned until Monday to prepare closing arguments.

Massa fastest of final day at Hockenheim

Felipe Massa topped the charts Thursday for Ferrari, setting a time of 1:14.989 on the final day of testing at Hockenheim, providing a much needed boost following a disastrous British Grand Prix for the Brazilian.

“It was a good day's work. We did a lot of kilometres and I have to say the car felt well balanced,” Massa said. “This can only mean we should also be competitive at this track, which is also the case for our main rivals.”

Jenson Button was a surprise second in the Honda, while McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen was third.

Mark Webber (Red Bull) and Sebastian Vettel (Toro Rosso) finished the day fourth and fifth.

Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella, who crashed in testing at Silverstone, suffered another testing shunt which took a bite out of his track time, and for the second straight day, Fernando Alonso came to a stop on track.

  1. Massa, Ferrari, 1:14.989
  2. Button, Honda, 1:15.081
  3. Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:15.289
  4. Webber, Red Bull, 1:15.378
  5. Vettel, Toro Rosso, 1:15.556
  6. Alonso, Renault, 1:15.593
  7. Nakajima, Williams, 1:15.759
  8. Kubica, BMW-Sauber, 1:15.869
  9. Trulli, Toyota, 1:16.065
  10. Fisichella, Force India, 1:16.113
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Anonymous said...

It would be unfortunate to see Massa lose his ride. I think he continues to improve. However, once again, he's shown that he has trouble in wet weather. And driving for Ferrari, he certainly gets the opportunity to practice.
Alonso has become a little too 'precious' as far as I'm concerned. I don't think he'd thrive at Ferrari.

SpeedRead said...

I think a lot of our perception of Alonso is unfortunately tainted by the media, and a language barrier. When a reporter takes something out of context spoken by someone who may not have the best command of the language, it is very easy to make that person sound like a jerk.

The shame for Massa I think is the only way he will ever shut anybody up is to win the championship, and that may prove difficult.

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