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Alonso has left the McLaren building....

Well, that's more competition....Hamilton will get all the attention from now on (or unless another rookie is hired and smokes

I see him wearing Renault colors next year.....

2008 should be very interesting now...


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post #2 of 9 Old 11-02-2007, 01:05 PM
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Not really a surprise. Now the guessing games begin, where's he going and who's replacing him?
Alonso to Renault and a bit of a long shot for the replacement, Anthony Davidson. Anyone prepared to give me odds on Davidson?

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My guess is McLaren will recruit an older driver who can teach and run interference for Hamilton.
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I suppose they could take Coulthard back, or bring Mika Hakkinen out of retirement I think he still works for McLaren behind the scenes?

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Taken from BBC Sports website

Alonso and McLaren agree to split
By Andrew Benson

Alonso's relationship with McLaren broke down this season
Former world champion Fernando Alonso has left McLaren after agreeing an early release from his contract.

McLaren and Alonso have had an acrimonious relationship this season and a team statement said that both parties had "agreed to move on".

Alonso is free to join another team in 2008, and his agent said neither party would pay a financial penalty.

Red Bull and Renault are the favourites to sign him, and BBC Sport understands Red Bull are the more likely option.

Interview: Former F1 commentator Murray Walker

Alonso's relationship with McLaren soured following a series of rows with team boss Ron Dennis this season.

I know there have been suggestions of favouritism within the team but in the end I was always provided with an equal opportunity to win

Fernando Alonso
McLaren described the split as a "mutual parting of the ways", adding: "Both parties believe that this was the right decision.

Alonso said: "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 favouritism 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."

Dennis added: "He is a great driver but for some reason the combination of 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."

It is not known who will replace Alonso as Lewis Hamilton's team-mate, but Williams's Nico Rosberg and Renault's Heikki Kovalainen are the favourites.

McLaren have allowed one of the finest drivers of his generation to slip through their fingers to ensure they hold on to another

Andrew Benson - BBC Sport
Alonso finished 2007 tied on points with team-mate Lewis Hamilton and only one adrift of Raikkonen.

He joined the team this season on a three-year contract worth a total of 50 million euros (£34.7m).

But he spent much of his time at McLaren under a cloud.

His initial misgivings about the level of support McLaren were giving to Hamilton, who was in his debut season this year, soon degenerated into a series of rows with Dennis.

These became public in the course of the spy scandal that rocked the sport this season, when McLaren were fined $100m (£49.2m) and thrown out of the constructors' championship after being found guilty of being in possession of confidential Ferrari documents.

Alonso became central to the story when, in a row with Dennis at the Hungarian Grand Prix in August, he threatened to reveal incriminating e-mails to governing body the FIA.

Although Alonso soon apologised, Dennis had already phoned FIA president Max Mosley himself, starting the chain of events that led to McLaren's punishment.

McLaren boss Dennis and Alonso had a difficult relationship
Following those events, the relationship between Hamilton and Alonso also deteriorated, with both saying they would rather not partner the other again for another season.

Both men later said the antagonism between them had been overplayed by the media.

It has been widely speculated that wherever Alonso ends up next season, it will be for only a year before moving to Ferrari.

Ferrari last month extended Felipe Massa's contract to 2010, which appeared to end the possibility of Alonso joining in 2009 because Raikkonen is also contracted to the team for another two years.

But Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo is known to be a fan of Alonso, and said after the conclusion to the championship last month: "Alonso is world-class in every sense.

"I have appreciated very much his sportsmanship. He lost by one point and I believe it wasn't his fault."

It is possible that a vacancy could be made for Alonso by paying up Massa's contract at the end of next season.

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My guess - Webber out of Red Bull (& F1) & Alonso in, Kovaleinen from Renault to McLaren & Davidson to Renault .
IIRC Fisichella's contract hasn't been renewed either? Renault could have an all new line up.
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post #7 of 9 Old 11-07-2007, 10:28 AM
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it is hard for me to speculate next season...

i'm still trying to catch my breath from this season.
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Doesn't look like it will be Nico Rosberg at Mclaren, Williams have announced he will be staying with them next year.
I think that Ron Dennis will be brave and go for a an experienced former 3X world champ - look out for Jackie Stewart in the Macca next year

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I don't think Ron Dennis is the most popular man in F1 at the moment, so am not sure there will be many enthusiastic 'veterans' looking for a seat at McLaren. I reckon they will end up with another newcommer.

The Dennis/Hamilton relationship seems to be a closed shop and it seems to me that nobody will really want to be the third person looking in on the party.

Found this interesting analysis on the FOC UK website.
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