Outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will be leaving the Scuderia at the end of the year.
While Ferrari is yet to confirm that the Spaniard will be leaving the team, his exit has been known to be on the cards for some time, with Sebastian Vettel expected to replace him.
Alonso, who delivered a series of cryptic comments ahead of the Russian Grand Prix insisting that his future plans were “obvious”, is understood to be in talks with McLaren-Honda over a possible drive, but there is still talk that he could take a sabbatical next season, with an eye on a seat at Mercedes in 2016.
Speaking during a television programme looking back at his 23 years in charge of Ferrari, Montzemolo, who was replaced as chairman of Ferrari this week by FIAT chief Sergio Marchionne, confirmed the Spaniard’s imminent exit.
“Fernando is leaving for two reasons,” Montezemolo told RAI 1TV. “One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again.
“He was disappointed that he has not won over these last years and wanted new stimulus,” added the Italian.
Since joining Ferrari five years ago, Alonso has failed to add to the two world titles he won with Renault, losing out at the last race of the season to Sebastian Vettel in both 2010 and in 2012.
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