Five reasons why Fernando Alonso should leave Ferrari

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It’s no secret that Fernando Alonso has been looking to leave Ferrari, after the Maranello-based squad year after year disappointed not just the Spaniard but also its legion of fans. Rather than telling the media that he remains committed to the team, the two-time world champion should instead spew a seething attack on what has arguably been the worst team (considering the millions it has spent relative to its rivals) on the grid over the last half decade. Here’s why a change is needed:

1. FIVE SEASONS OF EMPTY PROMISES

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When Fernando Alonso was announced as a Ferrari driver, as a replacement for Kimi Raikkonen, it was expected that the Spanish-Italian alliance could be potentially set for another Schumacher-era. It’s been anything but that. The last time a scarlet car was on pole position was over two years ago and the last win has been over a year old. Alonso came close to winning the title in 2010 and 2012 but the superior Red Bull in the hands of Sebastian Vettel had other ideas.

2. ALONSO IS NOT GETTING YOUNGER

Now 33, Alonso doesn’t have many years left in Formula One. With Ferrari showing no clear signs of making an improvement, the Spaniard is likely to be remembered only as a two-time world champion. He can stick around at Maranello hoping the team could deliver a decent championship winning car or take the risk, jump ship and start building a team around him somewhere else.

3. TAKE A PAGE FROM HAMILTON’S BOOK

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After spending four barren years at McLaren, Lewis Hamilton took a big gamble of switching to Mercedes, a move that came under a lot of criticism. The result? After a tough year in 2013, Mercedes has been strong enough to take the top step of the podium in every race this season. And that advantage is likely to continue for a few more years.

4. McLAREN-HONDA, WILLIAMS OPTIONS

Now powered by Mercedes, Williams’ revival is properly on the cards and a race win doesn’t look too far away. The team is rebuilding and doing it well, with a clear plan following strengthening of its engineering departments. Honda’s return to F1 as an engine supplier to McLaren could change the scene as well. Both options are a risk, of course. But if Alonso’s winning nothing at Ferrari, then he could do the same at McLaren and Williams and hope for a better plan at Woking or Grove than it has been at Maranello.

5. SHOW FERRARI WHAT IT’S REALLY WORTH

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Ferrari has consistently been in the top three in the championship over the past few years but that’s primarily because of Alonso’s superhuman feats in a substandard car. Take the Spaniard out of the equation, and the legendary Italian marquee looks ordinary: just take a look at Felipe Massa’s results in the last four years and Kimi Raikkonen’s deplorable performance this season.

If Alonso had scored as many points as his teammate ever since he joined Ferrari, the team would have dropped to fourth in the championship in 2011 (from third), 2012 (from second) and 2013 (from third). This season, Ferrari would have been sixth instead of third had Alonso scored only as many points as Raikkonen.

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