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Fernando Alonso's Ferrari exit confirmed and explained

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Former Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has revealed that Fernando Alonso will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season.

The news does not come as a great surprise to fans of Formula One and it was just a matter of confirmation as to when not if, he would be vacating the seat.

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Speaking on Italian television, Di Montezemolo stated the Spaniard's departure before giving the reasons as to why the agreement had come to an end.

"Fernando is leave...because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again." - Di Montezemolo

He said: "Fernando is leaving for two reasons.

"One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again."

It suggests as many expected, Alonso was not happy with the situation at Ferrari. Despite the fact that he loves the team, the supporters and being the number one man, something in the set up was not as he would have liked.

Regarding the second reason for his exit, it is difficult to argue against Alonso wanting to be more competitive and it also leads us into believing that Ferrari will not be providing a consistent race-winning car for 2015.

Time against him

Alonso cannot be patient at the age of 33. He has shown plenty of that over the last five years, along with loyalty.

What he has also delivered is a standard of driving which has been to an exceptional level, but may go under-appreciated because he was unable to secure a world drivers title.

But to have finished second in three of his four, soon to be five, seasons at Ferrari is remarkable when taking into account how restricted he was compared to other top drivers who finished behind him.

Ferrari legacy

His period at Ferrari will be remembered for squeezing out every last ounce of performance from a car which was not good enough for the standards expected. Maybe he felt his efforts were not being matched by the team and that is where the tension started from.

Alonso is not necessarily the easiest driver to handle but you accept that due to the performance he delivers on track. Either way, he moves on with his reputation as a driver enhanced and as the most wanted man in the sport.

New era

It will be left in the hands of Sebastian Vettel to take Ferrari on in to a new era and try to re-establish their former glory.

For Alonso, the opportunity of a return to McLaren seems to be the most logical and likely move. They are another team looking to return to the front of the grid and are hoping to refresh their driver line-up. With the Honda-powered engine returning, It could be a case of perfect timing.

Talk of a sabbatical may continue but now that all has been revealed I suspect we will hear less of that and more of deals being completed for 2015. Because Alonso is hungry for the third title which his ability deserves.

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