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Alonso and Santander On Verge Of 2009 Ferrari Deal

According to popular German magazine Sport Bild, it would seem that Spanish bank Santander would be moving from sponsoring McLaren to become one of Ferrari’s top sponsors from 2009 onwards.

The big bank would have their adverts on the front and rear wings, alongside lettering on the drivers overalls.

Ferrari have been touting for a new top sponsor since cigarette advertisers were not allowed in many countries, Marlboro being the major backer for many years. With a contract with Marlboro still in place, hash markings would still be on the cars.

For the Scuderia though, Santander have said the major condition of their deal is that former World Champion Fernando Alonso would drive for the team. He won’t confirm his future, and will not comment until September.

Sport Bild and AS claim that Alonso would race alongside Kimi Raikkonen.

“I don’t know if the rumours are true,” Ferrari test driver Marc Gene told sport.es, “but I don’t see there would be a problem having Kimi with Alonso.”

Santander On The McLaren

It would certainly be interesting to see how two world champions worked together at a team, would they create the ultimate car and be 1st and 2nd every week, or would there be a fall out on a Hamilton scale proportion. Its a risk, but I think it could pay off for the team.

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4 responses

  1. ancker

    I think this would be amazing. I’m an Ferrari fan, but never a hardcore fan of the red team. I’m not a big fan of one team dominating each and every year….

    That said, I think Kimi and Fernando would play well together. The problem with Alonso and Hamilton was that Lewis used the new form and Fernando’s set up to rocket himself as the ‘wonder rookie’ while the Double World Champion (who did better most of the season) was largely ignored.

    Once McLaren allowed Alonso to keep his set up from Hamilton, Alonso finished better and if it wasn’t for the off/retirement at Japan, Alonso would be a Triple world champion.

    July 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm

  2. alonso bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! put him into super aguri.

    July 23, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  3. i think he should’ve stayed at mclaren because he was driving really well.

    July 23, 2008 at 1:16 pm

  4. David

    I’m a massive Kimi fan, and now Ferrari. Personally I hope 2009 teams stay as they are. Although Alonso is a great driver, I am not a fan of him. Massa has proved this season that he deserves his place in the red car.

    Ancker: you can’t blame Alonso’s 2007 season on the retirement at Japan. You say that about any Driver in the top 3 that any one race could have led to victory.

    Although the team with Fernando and Lewis didn’t work, there was factors coming from both sides not just Lewis.

    August 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

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