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Fernando Alonso and McLaren: Where It Went Wrong in 2007

Fernando Alonso's sensational return to McLaren was almost an afterthought at the team's driver announcement last week. As the world wondered whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen, the team's 2014 drivers, would partner the two-time Formula One champion next season, McLaren's unveiling of Alonso was effectively regarded as old news. It had, indeed, been common knowledge since Ferrari confirmed the Spaniard's departure at last month's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, yet the fact that Alonso even considered a move to the Woking-based team was astonishing in itself. The Spaniard's previous spell at the team, in 2007, was a period riddled with tension, suspicion and rivalry, resulting in Alonso's premature exit from McLaren, ending a partnership that ...

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