After 5 years at Maranello, Ferrari have confirmed Fernando Alonso is leaving the Formula One team. The Spaniard’s departure leaves his Ferrari seat open for the incoming Sebastian Vettel after the German brought his Red Bull contract to an end earlier this year.
Alonso moved to Ferrari for the 2010 season on a three-year deal after a brief return to Renault, where Fernando won both his Formula One Drivers World Championships. Since then he has gone on to win 11 Grand Prix’s for the Scuderia Ferrari team along with 1186 championship points.
Back in 2010, Fernando made his Ferrari debut at the Bahrain Grand Prix and took the win. But five seasons down the line and his time at the time has come to an end and he will be replaced by the four-time Drivers World Championship winner, Sebastian Vettel.
Earlier this year Vettel confirmed he would be leaving Red Bull but until now it has been unconfirmed where the German would be driving from 2015. But with Ferrari announcing Alonso’s departure, they were able to confirm what was expected all along and confirm that Vettel would be joining the only Formula One team to stay in the sport since the inaugural season.
Now the future for Alonso seems to be a return to McLaren where he spent the 2007 season. But that announcement wont come any sooner than December the 1st with the Woking based team pushing their driver announcement back until the festive month at the earliest.
McLaren’s decision to push their driver announcement back is due to the team being undecided on who they want to keep for the upcoming season out of their current driving line-up. Like Alonso, Jenson joined his current team (McLaren) for the start of the 2010 season and has been there ever since. In that time the Brit has raced alongside Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez and Kevin Magnussen. But the futures of Button and Magnussen at McLaren remain undecided.
In the meantime, this weekend marks the final round of the 2014 Formula One World Championship where Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg can win this years Drivers World Championship at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. As well as being Alonso’s final race for Ferrari, Vettel’s final race for Red Bull and possibly Button or Magnussen’s final race for McLaren.