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GP Week : Issue 215
F1 >>> nEWs ferrari confirms alonso ouT, VeTTel in The long-running Italian soap Opera concerning who would leave Ferrari and who would replace him became official late last week, the team confirming the exit of Fernando Alonso and the imminent arrival of sebastian Vettel. In a statement Ferrari confirmed that Alonso would leave “by common consent” after five years, 10 GP wins and three second places, a fourth and a fifth in the Drivers’ World Championship. In the same time frame Vettel has won four World Championships and 34 GPs with Red Bull Racing, and finished the 2014 WDC in four th place. In his first season with RBR in 2009, he finished second in the championship. As expected, team boss Marco Mattiacci put a shine on what effectively is Alonso’s deserting of the team. “In the scuderia Ferrari roll of honour of great drivers, Fernando Alonso will always occupy a special place,” he said. so did Vettel; “When I was a kid, Michael schumacher in the red car was my greatest idol and now it’s an incredible honour to finally get the chance to drive a Ferrari.” The German’s comments are similar to these; “I ’m very happy and very proud to become a Ferrari driver. Driving a single-seater from the Prancing Horse is everybody’s dream in this sport and today I have the opportunity to make this dream come true.” so said Alonso in a statement on Ferrari.com on 30 september 2009, the day that he was confirmed as a Ferrari driver. sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso may be heading through opposite doors at Ferrari but the German will have plenty of company in the Italian team’s orientation programs. According to Italy’s national La Gazzetta dello sport, there are as many as 60 new faces at Maranello as Ferrari prepares to put behind it its worst season in living memory. According to its F1 correspondent Luigi Perna, many former Red Bull, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren people are making the move to the team. “It is no coincidence that many engineers are following Vettel from Red Bull and others have come from Mercedes, McLaren, Lotus, Williams and Renault,” he reported. “Within the racing division at Ferrari, there have been 60 new hirings.” some of the key people are Mercedes hybrid specialist Wolf Zimmermann and combustion engineer Cedric Cornebois. Alonso, who says he started looking at his options during late 2013, was asked whether he had any advice for his fellow World Champion. “Good luck!" Pressed if the German will need luck, Alonso added: “That’s what I thought but I didn’t say it to him.” said Vettel; “I know that there is a mountain of work waiting for me – and that is part of the task that I have chosen.” good luck ... saYs fernando 10 GPWEEK.com // 10 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: