Di Montezemolo officially confirms Alonso exit from Ferrari

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Not that this is a surprise, but outgoing Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has confirmed that Fernando Alonso, officially, is leaving Ferrari.

Di Montezemolo, who himself announced plans to step down a little more than a month ago, spoke to Italian television station RAI to explain that Alonso needs a new challenge.

“Alonso is leaving for two reasons: one, because I understand that he wants to try to experience a different environment, with new motivations, and then because he is at an age when you can’t wait too long before trying to win again,” di Montezemolo said to RAI, via Yahoo Sport UK.

Alonso has long been regarded as the domino to this year’s silly season, but his game plan was usurped when Sebastian Vettel announced his departure from Red Bull, and Christian Horner said he’d be off to Ferrari.

The sea change at Ferrari is obvious this year, with Stefano Domenicali and Alonso now both gone from the team, unable to win a single World Championship together over five years.