Fernando Alonso leaves McLaren
After a meeting between Formula One driver Fernando Alonso and the McLaren team, the two parties agreed that it would be in the best interest of both to bring the relationship to an end and for Alonso to leave.
In a statement, McLaren claimed that the mutual parting of ways had not been discussed until now, saying any such discussion could have seriously disrupted the team’s and Alonso’s 2007 season.
“Since I was a boy, I had always wanted to drive for McLaren,” Alonso said, “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 . . . 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. Today’s decision allows all of us to focus on 2008.”
Ron Dennis wished Alonso well, adding, “He is a great driver, but for some reason, the combination of McLaren and Fernando has not really worked out, and in the end we reached a stage where none of us could find a way to move forward. We all believe that our joint decision to part company is for the best.”