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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's official: Fernando to Ferrari

Ferrari released an official statement confirming Fernando Alonso will replace Kimi Raikkonen as Felipe Massa's partner for 2010.

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"We are very proud to welcome to our team another winning driver, who has demonstrated his amazing talent by winning two World Championships in his career to date,” said team boss Stefano Domenicali. “Of course, we wish to thank Kimi for everything he has done during his time with Ferrari … he played a vital role in our taking of the Constructors’ title in 2007 and 2008."

The contract is for three years. Raikkonen is linked with a return to McLaren, while Robert Kubica is believed to be set to move to Renault.

Current number two Giancarlo Fisichella will be the Ferrari's reserve driver.

The team had to negotiate an early release for Raikkonen, who won the world championship in 2007 with Ferrari.

"I am very sad to be leaving a team with which I have spent three fantastic years, during which time I won plenty of races," Raikkonen said. "Together, we have won 50% of the world titles in that period ... I have always felt at home with everyone here and I will have many happy memories of my time with the team."

The full Ferrari statement
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