Alonso to Remain at Ferrari until 2016

Ferrari have today announced that Fernando Alonso has signed a renewed contract with the team lasting to the end of the 2016 season.

The double world champion is just over a season into into his original three-year contract, but will now remain with the team until he is at least 35.

“I am very happy to have reached this agreement,” said the Spaniard, who narrowly missed out on a third world championship last season. “I immediately felt comfortable within Ferrari and now it feels to me like a second family.

“I have the utmost faith in the men and women who work in Maranello and in those who lead them: it is therefore natural for me to decide to extend my relationship in the long term like this, with a team at which I will no doubt end my Formula 1 career one day.”

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo voiced his delight at securing Alonso’s service for the long term: “It is a great pleasure to have renewed our agreement with a driver who has always demonstrated a winning mentality even in the most difficult circumstances,” he commented. “Fernando has all the required qualities, both technically and personally to play a leading role in the history of Ferrari and I hope he will be enriching it with further wins very soon.”