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Alonso to leave Team McLaren

  |   Nov. 2, 2007 at 11:39 AM
WOKING, England, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Two-time F1 championship winner Fernando Alonso said Friday he was leaving Team McLaren one year into their three-year agreement.

Alonso won F1 titles in 2005 and 2006 while driving for Renault but switched to McLaren for the 2007 season and finished tied for second in drivers’ standings, 1 point behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

"Since I was a boy I had always wanted to drive for McLaren, but sometimes in life things do not work out," said Alonso in a statement. "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."

The decision for Alonso, who had two years left on his contract, to leave McLaren was said to be mutual.

"He is a great driver but for some reason the combination of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 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," said McLaren team chairman Ron Dennis.

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