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F1: Ferrari confirms Fernando Alonso is leaving at the end of season

Rome: Fernando Alonso will leave Ferrari at the end of the current Formula One season, according to the Italian team's recently-departed president Luca Di Montezemolo.

Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso 

Alonso's decision has not yet been made public by either the Spaniard or the Maranello-based marque, but has been anticipated for the last couple of weeks in the wake of Sebastian Vettel revealing he was leaving Red Bull.

Ferrari have also not yet confirmed whether they will link up with the reigning four-times World Champion but Di Montezemolo's announcement on Wednesday paves the way for the German to join the famous company.

Di Montezemolo said on Italian television channel RAI: "Alonso is leaving for two reasons: One, he wants another environment. Two, because he is an age when he cannot wait to win again."

Alonso, a world champion in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, had high hopes of adding to his crowns after joining Ferrari in 2010.

Craving for success
Despite finishing runner-up to Vettel in three of the last four years, including taking the championship to the final race in 2010 and 2012, Alonso has not had the success he would have been craving.

Di Montezemolo admitted that the team's ailing fortunes — Ferrari have not won a constructors' title since 2008, while neither Alonso nor Kimi Raikkonen have topped the podium this season — have been a large factor in the 33-year-old's departure.

Alonso appears to have limited options available to him ahead of next year, with a move mostly likely to McLaren appearing the only choice other than taking a self-imposed one-year sabbatical from the sport.

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