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Formula 1 Fernando Alonso leaves McLaren

The two-time Formula 1 champ Fernando Alonso has officially left the team of McLaren-Mercedes.

Formula 1 Fernando Alonso leaves McLaren Fernando Alonso, two-time Formula 1 Champion, announced on Friday that he is leaving the McLaren team, after a disappointing season for the Spaniard. Alonso, who has two more years left on his contract with McLaren, reached a settlement with the team, which would allow him to leave without any penalties.

 "Since I was a boy I had always wanted to drive for McLaren, but sometimes in life things do not work out. I continue to believe that McLaren is a great team. Yes, we have had our ups and downs during the season, which has made it extra-challenging for all of us, and it is not a secret that I never really felt at home. I know there have been suggestions of favoritism within the team and people say a lot of things in the heat of battle, but in the end I was always provided with an equal opportunity to win," said the Spanish Formula 1 driver in a statement to the press.

 McLaren's chief Ron Dennis said in a statement: "Everybody at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, especially McLaren’s Spanish Partners Banco Santander and Mutua Madrilena and the team’s title partner Vodafone, want to wish Fernando all the best for the future.”

 Where will Alonso drive in the future has not been announced yet, but rumors are that he will go back to Renault. Fernando Alonso signed with McLaren in 2007 after winning the title two years in a row with Renault and return to the French team is the most likely outcome. But Alonso, who finished third this season in the driver standings after Kimi Räikkönen and teammate Lewis Hamilton will have to chance to join any team he wants and all of them will be glad to take him on board.

 Published on 11/02/2007

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