Alonso happy to have left McLaren

Wed, 27 February 2008, 12:38

Despite probably dropping out of the hunt for the world championship, Fernando Alonso insists that he is happy to have left the McLaren team.

The 26-year-old has returned to Renault, the scene of his drivers’ titles in 2005 and 2006, but a team that is not likely to have him in contention for the crown this season.

Comparing Renault with McLaren, Alonso told the Spanish radio station Cadena SER: “There are fewer people, which makes you feel more comfortable and you know exactly who is in charge.

“Inside McLaren there were so many people that it was difficult to know who to turn to. There is a much better environment here,” he added, referring to Renault.

Alonso also denies that his new rookie teammate for 2008, Nelson Piquet, is simply a carbon-copy of Lewis Hamilton, with whom he clashed memorably in 2007.

“Not at all,” he insists. “I am quite calm, there is no troubles, it is quiet and smooth.”

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