Alonso hopes to leave F1 after Ferrari tenure

Fernando Alonso on Thursday said he hopes Ferrari will be his last Formula One team. The 28-year-old Spaniard made his debut as a teenager with Minardi in 2001, before racing for six seasons with Renault, winning back to back titles in 2005 and...

Fernando Alonso on Thursday said he hopes Ferrari will be his last Formula One team.

The 28-year-old Spaniard made his debut as a teenager with Minardi in 2001, before racing for six seasons with Renault, winning back to back titles in 2005 and 2006.

In 2007 he completed just one season of an abortive multi-year contract at McLaren.

It was announced on Wednesday that he will switch to Ferrari in 2010 on a guaranteed three year deal, reportedly with contracted options for up to 3 additional seasons.

If he races with the famous Italian team through 2015, he will be 34.

"I really think that Ferrari will be my last team," he told reporters in the Suzuka paddock.

"Leaving Ferrari to change teams is always a step backwards. It has to be a step backwards because Ferrari is more than a team and I want to finish my career with them.

"The contract is three years now, and then with some options to continue. So hopefully I can continue as long as they want and I can finish the career here with a lot of wins," Alonso added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Minardi