Fernando Alonso receives $6 million by cutting ties with Ferrari

Fernando Alonso left Ferrari on bad terms after an unsuccessful spell with the Scuderia.

Fernando Alonso sold his Ferrari Enzo for 5.4 million euros at auction, further cutting off ties with his former Ferrari team.

The Spanish driver is well known for burning bridges in the F1 world.

Former world champion Nico Rosberg previously said of Alonso: “He sometimes lacked social competence and then he often had difficulties being in the best teams with the best cars.

“They didn’t really want him anymore because of burning some bridges in the past.”

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He raced with Ferrari from 2010-2014 before returning for a second stint with McLaren from 2015-2018.

His Ferrari stint saw him gain 11 Grand Prix wins and come close to winning his third Championship on two occasions.

This era cemented his place as one of the most successful drivers in Ferrari’s history.

The Ferrari Enzo was a symbolic car that linked him to this historical period, with the iconic V-12 supercar dating back to 2002.

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However, Alonso has finally given the vehicle new ownership, selling it at an auction that took place on June 8th at the Monaco Auctions House.

Alonso recorded a message to bidders, saying: “It means a lot to me. I had a great time with the car, it’s a magical work of art.”

“Take care of the car and enjoy it!”

Alonso has not seen great success since leaving Ferrari as it was the last team he won a title with – all the way back in 2013.

He claimed first place in the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, his home race.

However, Alonso is now arguably in his strongest position yet, since leaving Ferrari, to win his 33rd grand prix with Aston Martin.

The Spanish driver will be spearheading Aston Martin’s push to finish P2 in the Constructors’ Championship and is hoping to claim his first victory with the team.

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However, the dominant Red Bull team will be a thorn in the side of Alonso’s push for a victory.

Between them, Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez have won every F1 race in 2023, eight for Verstappen and two for Perez.