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Alonso not sure if Ferrari to make staff changes

Fernando Alonso this week said he predicts a career spanning “ten years” with Ferrari and then retirement in his late 30s.

Also during an interesting radio interview on Spain’s Onda Cero, the double world champion said he would “perhaps” like to again work closely with Flavio Briatore, while promising to “never” reprise his 2007 tenure at McLaren.

Alonso, 29, clarified that he would have not have stayed with the British team in 2008 even if he had won the preceding championship alongside Lewis Hamilton.

He said it is “more difficult” to work with Ron Dennis that it is with the FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

And when asked if Sebastian Vettel is his preferred 2010 world champion over Hamilton, Alonso answered “si” (yes), and said of his first season with Ferrari: “It was a wonderful year.”

“On balance it was superb,” the title runner-up insisted.

He was also asked about reports that Ferrari might make staff changes following the key mistakes of 2010.

“I don’t know if all the same people are continuing or not,” said the Spaniard.  “What I advocate is that we are united and have a competitive car.”

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