Alonso linked to Ferrari from 2011 in secret deal

Speculation linking Fernando Alonso to Ferrari has been renewed amid claims by Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport that the Spaniard has a secret agreement with the Italian team.

The double world champion has made clear his desire race for the Scuderia in the future and he looked poised to do so earlier in 2008 at the height of a disappointing string of results for Renault.

But with Kimi Raikkonen taking up the option to extend his contract, allied to Renault’s turnaround in performance and Felipe Massa’s sterling championship effort, Alonso elected to remain at Renault, extending his contract for a further two years.

However La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Alonso has a four year deal in place with Ferrari from 2011 with additional get-out clauses – both in the contract itself as well as in his existing deal with Renault.

A Ferrari spokesman refused to comment on the report but told Reuters: “We can only repeat that we have two drivers signed to the end of 2010.”