Alonso gives strongest Ferrari hint yet

Fernando Alonso has given the strongest indication to date that he is on his way to Ferrari either next season or the season after. The Spaniard has long been linked to the team and today dropped further hints to Spanish newspapers.

“I like winning, I like having the best team and the best car possible,” said Alonso to Spanish daily Que. “That’s what makes me happy. Ferrari have shown they’re among the best, and it [driving for Ferrari] guarantees you will fight for the championship.”

The double world champion went on to illustrate the romantic appeal of Ferrari for drivers.

“It is the team of Formula One. Any child always plays with red cars,” said the Asturian.

Alonso’s plans, whatever they may be, are of course conditional on Ferrari’s entering the sport in 2010. The Spaniard’s hints, furthermore, could be interpreted as a sign that he would follow the Italian marque out of the sport if they were to leave. On the other hand, Alonso’s re-affirmation of the link between the sport and Ferrari could be a plea for a compromise to be found between the FIA and Maranello.