Lawyers start work on Alonso’s McLaren exit

Tue, 18 September 2007, 12:36

The wheels are now in motion for the early conclusion of Fernando Alonso’s McLaren contract, according to reports.

The German daily ‘Bild’ on Tuesday said the team’s lawyers are now working on ending the deal, after Spaniard Alonso’s relationship with McLaren reached a new low following the espionage affair and claims of lying and extortion in Belgium.

“Adios, Alonso!” Bild exclaimed.

The news brings a fresh perspective to team boss Ron Dennis’ admission at Spa-Francorchamps that he is seeking “closure” after one of the most difficult seasons in his 40 year career in racing.

“Part of our closure will be to take all the controversy out of the team,” the Briton said, adding that any variation to any driver contract for next year would be “by mutual agreement”.

It is believed that Alonso will return to Renault, where under the guidance of his mentor Flavio Briatore he secured back to back titles in 2005 and 2006.

The 26-year-old’s McLaren contract was to run to the end of 2008 and also included an option for a third year.

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