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Last Updated: Friday November 02 2007 14:48 GMT

Alonso quits McLaren F1 team

Fernando Alonso

Race ace Fernando Alonso is leaving Lewis Hamilton's Formula One team McLaren after just one season.

Alonso won the world championship two years in a row with another team, and then joined McLaren where he expected even more track success.

But Alonso found himself in the same team as new star Hamilton, and didn't seem to enjoy himself very much.

So Alonso and McLaren have decided he should find a new team to drive for during the 2008 season.

At the moment it seems most likely Alonso will be driving either a Renault - where he won both his world championships - or a Red Bull car.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton

Alonso finished this season on 109 points, one behind champion Kimi Raikkonen and level with team-mate Hamilton.

For parts of the season there were reports that Alonso and Hamilton really weren't getting on, as Alonso felt his team-mate was getting more help than he was.

Now Alonso has said: "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."