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.”
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.