Show with an extra: Alonso's debut at Ferrari Cheste, 15 November 2009 - Fernando Alonso's first time at a Ferrari event was carried by the great enthusiasm from the fans present at the Ricardo Tormo di Cheste circuit near Valencia. Under an ...
Show with an extra: Alonso's debut at Ferrari
Cheste, 15 November 2009 - Fernando Alonso's first time at a Ferrari event was carried by the great enthusiasm from the fans present at the Ricardo Tormo di Cheste circuit near Valencia. Under an almost summery sun more than 17,000 spectators came on the conclusive day to watch the Finali Mondiali, the traditional event of the Prancing Horse held since 1994 at the end of the motorsport season.
Today was the first day when the whole 2010 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro came together: next to Alonso there were Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella, Marc Gene and Luca Badoer. Fernando's public debut as a Ferrarista started with an entertaining episode. When the Spanish driver, on board of a Ferrari California with his future teammate Felipe and driven by Chairman Luca di Montezemolo, tried to get as close to the grandstands in turn 1 as possible, the car got stuck in the gravel of the run-off area. Therefore the spectators got a good view and enough time to greet their local hero. The trio was "rescued" by the second California on the track, driven by the President of the Comunita Valenciana, Fernando Camps, with Valencia's mayor Rita Barbera on board. Once the three guests had been collected the light blue car drove back to the box and the passengers went for a walk onto the track along the main straight. "This is a very important day for me, because here I can understand what the world of Ferrari is really like," Fernando told the spectators. "In 2010 I hope to fight for the World Title together with Felipe and that all the fans can be proud of us and our professionalism."