Alonso Jumper

Fernando Alonso made his first public appearance with Ferrari on Sunday prior to joining the Italian team as of the 2010 championship season. The Spaniard took to the Ricardo Tormo circuit of Valencia, Spain as the Maranello squad’s annual World Finals event took place outside of Italy for the first time.

Having launched the McLaren on the streets of Valencia when joining the Woking team in 2007, Alonso was on the outskirts of the city at the weekend to represent Ferrari for the first time.

As he is still contracted to Renault until the end of 2009, however, the Oviedo man was constrained to wearing a particularly hideous red jumper as opposed to the official team wear being modelled by team-mate Felipe Massa, and test drivers Luca Badoer, Marc Gene and Giancarlo Fisichella.

"This is a very important day for me because I can understand what the world of Ferrari is really like," said Alonso, who paraded in front of over 17,000 spectators, mostly Spanish fans.

"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."

The jumper aside of course!

[Image from GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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