Alonso makes Maranello trip

Fernando Alonso has travelled to the Ferrari headquarters of Maranello where he has had a first glimpse of the Scuderia’s 2010 challenger.

The Spaniard, who made his first appearance in Ferrari colours at last week’s annual FIAT-Ducati skiing event at Madonna di Campiglio, also took part in a live web chat with fans on Ferrari.com.

During the chat Alonso revealed that the development of Ferrari’s 2010 challenger was nearing completion and that the Spaniard will soon undergo a seat fitting.

“It s almost ready. I m here in Maranello today to prepare the seat and other things connected to the debut on the track. I think that the Ferrari will be competitive and I really hope to bring the Drivers Title here to Maranello.”

Alonso also defended himself for some the negative comments which he had directed at Ferrai in the past – most notably in the aftermath of qualifying for the 2006 Italian Grand Prix when a controversial stewards decision saw the Spaniard demoted for blocking the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

“I don t think that I ve ever said anything tremendous regarding the team. It s true that on some occasion in the past there has been some discussion with someone, but these things can happen when you re fighting for the world title. In the end we re human, not robots!”

“I don t think that they (the Ferrari fans) criticised me that much in the past. Naturally when you re the competitor it s different, but I m sure that I ll have the Ferraristi s support.”