McLaren announced that the former world champion Fernando Alonso will leave the team; both parties agreed for a `mutual parting of ways`. Alonso has joined the British team from Renault at the beginning of 2007 and has two years left on his contract.
The statement from today unveiled that, after some talks, it was decided `it would be in the best interests of both parties to bring the relationship to an end`.
`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," explained the team principal at McLaren - Ron Dennis. `We all believe that our joint decision to part company is for the best, and we will now continue to focus on our 2008 world championship challenge. 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`.
Alonso said `Since I was a boy I had always wanted to drive for McLaren, but sometimes in life things do not work out` said the 26 year-old. `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. Today`s decision allows all of us to focus on 2008, and I wish the team, Vodafone, Banco Santander, Mutua Madrilena and all the other team partners who I have worked closely with during the year, the best for the future`.
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