Date: 16th October 2014 at 8:22am
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Outgoing Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo has confirmed that double Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will be leaving the team.

The Formula One paddock firmly believe that it is an open secret that double F1 title holder Alonso will be leaving Ferrari at the end of the current season.

The Spaniard had two years remaining on his current contract, but in the days leading up to the Japanese Grand Prix, Alonso and Ferrari opted to terminate that contract by mutual consent.

Reigning four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel then quickly triggered his get-out-clause at Red Bull Racing and his departure was announced by the former Formula One constructors champions.

It is fully expected that Vettel will be replacing Alonso at Ferrari, but neither Alonso’s departure or Vettel’s arrival have been formally announced.

However Luca Di Montezemolo who has been replaced by the chief executive officer of parent company Fiat Sergio Marchionne as president of Ferrari this week has take it upon himself to tell Italian television the reasons behind Alonso’s departure.

‘Fernando is leaving for two reasons.

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

‘He was disappointed that he has not won over these last years and wanted new stimulus.’

The comments are not groundbreaking, the reasons behind Alonso’s departure are obvious.

The Spaniard is seen by many as the best driver of the current generation and he wants to return to a winning car so he can battle for Grand Prix victories and a third drivers championship.

The bigger question remains, will he be with McLaren Honda in 2015? Will he be in Formula One at all as he gambles on a Mercedes drive for 2016?

Are Di Montezemolo’s comments an indication that an answer could soon be forthcoming?