Alonso signs for Ferrari, Raikkonen out

Oct 1, 2009 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: HendersonvilleNews.com

Ferrari signed Fernando Alonso a year earlier than orginally planned, reaching an agreement Wednesday with the two-time Formula One world champion for three years beginning next season.

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Since there has only been English articles and interviews about this and since Ferrari wrote Kimi's words themselves on their official website I thought it could be good to read a Finnish interview with Kimi on the subject.

To begin with, he said to the Finnish media that there was only one big reason for him being sacked and it had nothing to do with him and that only a few people know what really went on behind the scenes.

He is not going to badmouth Ferrari in any way so I don't think that we can wait for any big revealations from him - ever - which is the right thing to do ;)

Some of you already know Heikki Kulta from TS (Turun Sanomat). He got an exclusive interview with Kimi two days ago. Enjoy!

KIMI TOOK HIS SACKING EASY

How do you feel now?
– Allright - I think that even better now than during the last Thursdays in the races. At least I don't have to speculate with anyone anymore about my driving for Ferrari.

Did you feel like you would be hanging from a rope the last weeks?
– I think it went like that according to the press. But whatever happened in the final games left me with a feeling that I did pretty good in this whole thing. I have nothing to complain about.

When did you find out that Fernando Alonso would take your place next season?
– Not a very long time ago. I could have drove the next year if I would have insisted on it. But it makes no sense to do that if for some reason someone else wants differently.
– It made no sense to stay here and fight back against anyone. I got a compensation for it and they got what they wanted. Both parties got what they wanted, Kimi said.

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Do you feel pressure to finish your F1-career here?
– None whatsoever. I can now make a deal with anyone I want if I want to do so. If I wouldn't be driving in F1 I wouldn't have made that deal with Ferrari either.

Your main goal is to get to a winning team in the future also?
– Exactly. I will not make a deal unless I get into a car that I can win with and drive for the championship. I won't go to any hobby-teams. It would do me no use. There aren't many options who can offer me a car I want.

Is it McLaren then?
– There aren't many teams where there even would be vacant seats. McLaren is one option. I was there for 5 years and know most of the people. Let's see what happens. It depends on many things.
– I have no rush but some teams will want my answer at some point.

Do you feel empty after all this public bashing?
– My feelings haven't really changed at all. I'm sure that after this the reporters will start asking me about my next contract.

What about your 3 years in Ferrari?
– The WDC-year went well and I got victories. Last season started well but then there were some races that I should have won but didn't. Then all of a sudden they just changed parts in the car and it wasn't a good thing. It took a long time before I got back to real business. But it was already too late for me.

Was Ferrari's car even once like you would have wanted it to be?
– It's been good now too. It's nice to drive and it works like I want it to work. But we have just been too slow, Kimi laughs.

What is Rδikkφnen's dream car - oversteering meaning precise in the front?
– An oversteering car is never fast. Same with understeering car. You never get the car up to 110.

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In McLaren the front always took the corners really sharply - just like Rδikkφnen wants?
– It is a different car than Ferrari. Mostly it was a good car for me but the tyres were different when I drove there. Tyres have changed the thing it a lot.

How would you feel to be Hamilton's team mate?
– It would not be up to that for sure. But there are many things that I have to look into first.

What kind of a reinforcement is Alonso to Ferrari?
– Let's see what he will hustle there.

What kind of relations will you have with Ferrari?
– Good. I don't have anything to do with this matter. How I have drove or what I have done here had nothing to do with it. This decision wasn't in any way depending on that. It's easy to know what decided it. You get everything with money.
– I'm not sad. I don't cry. This possibility was always existing. It isn't the first time when someone's contract is terminated and it isn't the end of the world.

How many years do you still want to continue in F1?
– It depends on many things. I don't have any plans beforehand. Let's see what happens, Kimi says.

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Nicole wrote:
Since there has only been English articles and interviews about this and since Ferrari wrote Kimi's words themselves on their official website I thought it could be good to read a Finnish interview with Kimi on the subject.
To begin with, he said to the Finnish media that there was only one big reason for him being sacked and it had nothing to do with him and that only a few people know what really went on behind the scenes.
He is not going to badmouth Ferrari in any way so I don't think that we can wait for any big revealations from him - ever - which is the right thing to do ;)
Some of you already know Heikki Kulta from TS (Turun Sanomat). He got an exclusive interview with Kimi two days ago. Enjoy!
KIMI TOOK HIS SACKING EASY
How do you feel now?
– Allright - I think that even better now than during the last Thursdays in the races. At least I don't have to speculate with anyone anymore about my driving for Ferrari.
Did you feel like you would be hanging from a rope the last weeks?
– I think it went like that according to the press. But whatever happened in the final games left me with a feeling that I did pretty good in this whole thing. I have nothing to complain about.
When did you find out that Fernando Alonso would take your place next season?
– Not a very long time ago. I could have drove the next year if I would have insisted on it. But it makes no sense to do that if for some reason someone else wants differently.
– It made no sense to stay here and fight back against anyone. I got a compensation for it and they got what they wanted. Both parties got what they wanted, Kimi said.
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thats very kind of u nicole iam glad to here your voice again
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<quoted text>thats very kind of u nicole iam glad to here your voice again
Are you serious?

Honestly, let's try and get along, okay?

I have my strong opinions about F1 but let's agree to disagree ;)

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Are you serious?
Honestly, let's try and get along, okay?
I have my strong opinions about F1 but let's agree to disagree ;)
Nicole,Some people might not know yet but Fernando's team have been made up from three teams McLaren,Renault and of cause Ferrari and also his sponsors which says it all and it is what Kimi is saying,they had the say in how it would all be put together,Kimi can only go to McLaren is my eyes and is why Hamilton is nervous about it all,Kimi will be very hard to beat in McLaren and it was only silly mistakes by the team that cost him so much in his time there before. I wish him the best,and I know he will be back in force.
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Nicole wrote:
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Are you serious?
Honestly, let's try and get along, okay?
I have my strong opinions about F1 but let's agree to disagree ;)
ok darling no problem
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<quoted text>Nicole,Some people might not know yet but Fernando's team have been made up from three teams McLaren,Renault and of cause Ferrari and also his sponsors which says it all and it is what Kimi is saying,they had the say in how it would all be put together,Kimi can only go to McLaren is my eyes and is why Hamilton is nervous about it all,Kimi will be very hard to beat in McLaren and it was only silly mistakes by the team that cost him so much in his time there before. I wish him the best,and I know he will be back in force.
wouldnt u prefer to c kimi in a new team that he can build up to whatever he wants to acheive in toyota micheal done it at ferrari when they were nothing toyota have everything instead u prefer him to compete with lewis he in my opinion as for over adecadether has been a no1 in that team u cant deny this hes been throu enough a clean break in ateam that can be moulded around him not lewis it wont work

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<quoted text>wouldnt u prefer to c kimi in a new team that he can build up to whatever he wants to acheive in toyota micheal done it at ferrari when they were nothing toyota have everything instead u prefer him to compete with lewis he in my opinion as for over adecadether has been a no1 in that team u cant deny this hes been throu enough a clean break in ateam that can be moulded around him not lewis it wont work
Barry,It is a good point you are making but ok take Shumie, he knew Ferrari had the money and history but it isn't the team it is all about the designer of the car and engineers within the team,and pit crew, take Honda seven years wasted and Ross turned it around in two. For Toyota to make it they must put the right team together and it's not there quite, and Redbull have the best designer in F1 it speaks for itself.It's the people around you and Shumie had it right. You only need to look at the silly mistakes that teams make,how?? They are ment to be the best in the world.

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<quoted text>Nicole,Some people might not know yet but Fernando's team have been made up from three teams McLaren,Renault and of cause Ferrari and also his sponsors which says it all and it is what Kimi is saying,they had the say in how it would all be put together,Kimi can only go to McLaren is my eyes and is why Hamilton is nervous about it all,Kimi will be very hard to beat in McLaren and it was only silly mistakes by the team that cost him so much in his time there before. I wish him the best,and I know he will be back in force.
Why should he be nervous, as a rookie Lewis didn't seem to have too much of a problem dealing with a 2XWDC.

Lewis Nervous, only in the minds of his critics!!!
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<quoted text>Nicole,Some people might not know yet but Fernando's team have been made up from three teams McLaren,Renault and of cause Ferrari and also his sponsors which says it all and it is what Kimi is saying,they had the say in how it would all be put together,Kimi can only go to McLaren is my eyes and is why Hamilton is nervous about it all,Kimi will be very hard to beat in McLaren and it was only silly mistakes by the team that cost him so much in his time there before. I wish him the best,and I know he will be back in force.
Thank you Gary, it has actually been great to watch old links from Kimi's Macca-days plus he would probably still get Mark Slade as his race engineer. Kovi has had great setups for quali but in the race he just doesn't seem to get it together.

That's why I would want to think that Lewis and Kimi could be a dream team. Lewis is very competitive and Kimi would actually help him to upgrade his performance to a new level, it could really turn out to be a thrilling competition between the two of them because so far Kovi hasn't exactly been a match to Lewis to put it nicely ;)

I was especially interested to learn how they put parts in Kimi's car last season which wasn't a good thing (I would like to know the whole story though) because after Silverstone 2008 Kimi and Massa had equal points and then Ferrari had a big update which made it difficult for Kimi to setup the car whereas Massa again did a brilliant job and started overperforming Kimi up until Valencia.

Then the story tells that Kimi and his manager went to see LdM demanding Kimi's old chassis back and after that he was performing like before.

Yet something happened, maybe Luca got angry, who knows, but this season started to look like those times back then so the decision to bring in Alonso earlier to replace Kimi might have started at that time. Then Massa's accident left Ferrari no choice but to concentrate on Kimi and we have seen how he performs with a bucket of bolts that hasn't been developed in 6 months.

But I'm happy Kimi is out since we fans did have our own doubts over how things were which turned out to be true in the end. Alonso will fit in much better since the press has been on his side all the time so I hope things turn out great for him.

It must have bugged LdM though, they were pressing Kimi to sign the contract and he wanted to be sure that he really wants to be in F1 before signing it - and then after that LdM had a change of heart - LOL

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Why should he be nervous, as a rookie Lewis didn't seem to have too much of a problem dealing with a 2XWDC.
Lewis Nervous, only in the minds of his critics!!!
..as a rookie he was very very nervous and it showed ... how do you explain loosing 17 points and the WC in two races ???, how about the gremlins in the car ?.. or getting stranded in the sand? or running over the grass in the first corner in Brazil?... or wearing his tires off ?... those were symptoms of fear !!!!

Come on Lawrence ... Lewis is good .. Lewis did good ... but don't start changing history ... we all saw it !!!
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<quoted text>Barry,It is a good point you are making but ok take Shumie, he knew Ferrari had the money and history but it isn't the team it is all about the designer of the car and engineers within the team,and pit crew, take Honda seven years wasted and Ross turned it around in two. For Toyota to make it they must put the right team together and it's not there quite, and Redbull have the best designer in F1 it speaks for itself.It's the people around you and Shumie had it right. You only need to look at the silly mistakes that teams make,how?? They are ment to be the best in the world.
i agree totally withu he can pull his personnell with him i think toyota car is a fast one every now and again on low fuel it has pace ej also says this the best theve had is trulli ralph lived of his bak with kimis experience and a few new faces it cud b a good lewis will hurt kimi hes to fast

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..as a rookie he was very very nervous and it showed ... how do you explain loosing 17 points and the WC in two races ???, how about the gremlins in the car ?.. or getting stranded in the sand? or running over the grass in the first corner in Brazil?... or wearing his tires off ?... those were symptoms of fear !!!!
Come on Lawrence ... Lewis is good .. Lewis did good ... but don't start changing history ... we all saw it !!!
If Lewis's actions was due because of nervousness Monty, then 6/10th must have been having a nervous breakdown in Canada. Spinning out 4 times at the same corner.....4 times!!!

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If Lewis's actions was due because of nervousness Monty, then 6/10th must have been having a nervous breakdown in Canada. Spinning out 4 times at the same corner.....4 times!!!
If you think so ... not in my eyes ...

Lewis is good, Lewis was good ... but he sometimes performed like a real rookie and was scared .. no mystery there man !!

... he's getting better ... much better ...

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Why should he be nervous, as a rookie Lewis didn't seem to have too much of a problem dealing with a 2XWDC.
Lewis Nervous, only in the minds of his critics!!!
Lawrence,It has been reported Hamilton is not happy with having Kimi in the team,Why because he didn't do what he was told by the team (Whitmarsh) and Whitmarsh said infront of tv cameras ( Fernando time) it wouldn't and couldn't happen again with Hamilton, he has no more excuses now and no one covering for him. Both will be fighting for WDC in the same team and one car quick in quallyfing and not in the race will not work, so if McLaren do anything wrong it will show very quickly and you can be sure Kimi won't make any mistakes in his contract with the team. Yes he is nervous or why is he not happy with any driver being in the team and like all fights it takes two,and at times he will get beaten by his team mate and he has a problem with that. If everything is all above board it will be a good team fight.If he has a weekness it is self confidance,truthfully I would say he is nevous and why wouldn't he be. Kimi is a very good driver and the McLaren suits Kimi's driving style. Hamilton will need to drive well or Kimi will be infront of him and it is the way it should be from two good drivers,the Brawn team have proved that this year.

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<quoted text>i agree totally withu he can pull his personnell with him i think toyota car is a fast one every now and again on low fuel it has pace ej also says this the best theve had is trulli ralph lived of his bak with kimis experience and a few new faces it cud b a good lewis will hurt kimi hes to fast
Barry,Don't be so sure about Kimi,he will hold his own and pressure does funny things and Kimi doesn't suffer in that department and will do his job and well,it will be a good fight between the two and if everything is played right the best out of the two will win but it will be interesting to see and the sponsor want their money worth and they are playing a bigger part in F1 now as it is getting harder to find sponsors.

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Thank you Gary, it has actually been great to watch old links from Kimi's Macca-days plus he would probably still get Mark Slade as his race engineer. Kovi has had great setups for quali but in the race he just doesn't seem to get it together.
That's why I would want to think that Lewis and Kimi could be a dream team. Lewis is very competitive and Kimi would actually help him to upgrade his performance to a new level, it could really turn out to be a thrilling competition between the two of them because so far Kovi hasn't exactly been a match to Lewis to put it nicely ;)
I was especially interested to learn how they put parts in Kimi's car last season which wasn't a good thing (I would like to know the whole story though) because after Silverstone 2008 Kimi and Massa had equal points and then Ferrari had a big update which made it difficult for Kimi to setup the car whereas Massa again did a brilliant job and started overperforming Kimi up until Valencia.
Then the story tells that Kimi and his manager went to see LdM demanding Kimi's old chassis back and after that he was performing like before.
Yet something happened, maybe Luca got angry, who knows, but this season started to look like those times back then so the decision to bring in Alonso earlier to replace Kimi might have started at that time. Then Massa's accident left Ferrari no choice but to concentrate on Kimi and we have seen how he performs with a bucket of bolts that hasn't been developed in 6 months.
But I'm happy Kimi is out since we fans did have our own doubts over how things were which turned out to be true in the end. Alonso will fit in much better since the press has been on his side all the time so I hope things turn out great for him.
It must have bugged LdM though, they were pressing Kimi to sign the contract and he wanted to be sure that he really wants to be in F1 before signing it - and then after that LdM had a change of heart - LOL
Nicole,The story on Kimi car was they change the chassis looking for more speed but it changed the balance of the car with the changes they made and it couldn't be setup to suit Kimi's driving style and they spent so much time trying to put it right,they losted alot of time,and yet Kimi didn't complain. In the end they went back to the old chassis but by then teams had gone forward and the Ferrari was slow,it had nothing to do with Kimi and is why Massa looked like he was on fire as Massa liked the car because it worked well for the way he drives or corners a car and it didn't work for Kimi as he corners a car differently to Massa. Some drivers brake hard and power out off the corner,other don't brake as hard and carry more speed into the corner but are later on the power coming out but car setup has alot to do with this working and Kimi if you remember was loosing the car on the corners because he didn't have the positive steering (turn in feel) to do this,it's all to do with balancing grip front wheels to rear. It will all change again as they are narrowing the front tyres next season. so the cars will need to be designed around this issue.

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<quoted text>Lawrence,It has been reported Hamilton is not happy with having Kimi in the team,Why because he didn't do what he was told by the team (Whitmarsh) and Whitmarsh said infront of tv cameras ( Fernando time) it wouldn't and couldn't happen again with Hamilton, he has no more excuses now and no one covering for him. Both will be fighting for WDC in the same team and one car quick in quallyfing and not in the race will not work, so if McLaren do anything wrong it will show very quickly and you can be sure Kimi won't make any mistakes in his contract with the team. Yes he is nervous or why is he not happy with any driver being in the team and like all fights it takes two,and at times he will get beaten by his team mate and he has a problem with that. If everything is all above board it will be a good team fight.If he has a weekness it is self confidance,truthfully I would say he is nevous and why wouldn't he be. Kimi is a very good driver and the McLaren suits Kimi's driving style. Hamilton will need to drive well or Kimi will be infront of him and it is the way it should be from two good drivers,the Brawn team have proved that this year.
Gaz, it has been reported by..who..that Hamilton isn't happy with Kimi coming to the team? This reporting is probably being brought by those same people, who came up with the stories of the $400,000 personal license plate, huge yacht and cursing out Ron Dennis.
Hamilton's confidence is hardly a weakness, but a major strength in my view. Kimi will beat Lewis at times during qualifying, and during a race which will not drive him over the deep end.

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<quoted text>Barry,Don't be so sure about Kimi,he will hold his own and pressure does funny things and Kimi doesn't suffer in that department and will do his job and well,it will be a good fight between the two and if everything is played right the best out of the two will win but it will be interesting to see and the sponsor want their money worth and they are playing a bigger part in F1 now as it is getting harder to find sponsors.
punctuation Gazza punctuation ... ha ha ha don't go the way of our pal Barry ... please ....

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