• Oct 18th 2007 at 7:03PM
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'You don't want us, and we don't want you.' That seems to be the consensus at Mercedes-Benz regarding Fernando Alonso, who has openly stated his displeasure over the course of the season with McLaren, the F1 team principally owned and powered by Mercedes.

According to emerging reports, the majority of the German automaker's executive board voted that Alonso is no longer a suitable representative of their company, and that his services should not be retained for an additional season. This despite the contract that binds the Spanish driver to the British team through 2008, but if neither party has any desire to uphold the conditions, the contract is rendered rather meaningless.

Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug has also dismissed the speculation that they could prevent Alonso from going to a competing team next season by forcing him into a sabbatical until the contract has run out, saying, "That's not our style." Guess that means the one hurdle between the two-time world champion and a return to happier days at Renault, where he won said titles, has just been conveniently removed.

[Source: F1i.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      C ya crybaby!!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll believe it when Autosport reports it!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hurray for Zoidberg!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Whiny:

      Orange India called. They need a driver.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good riddance to bad rubbish.

      I was hoping for Alonso to go to the new Prodrive-McLaren team, but since that isn't happening, I hope it's Honda or Toyota- they need all the help they can get.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Alonso has shown his true colors with his jealousy toward Hamilton. I am not a Hamilton "fan", but I do think the guy is totally amazing! I am still rooting for Kimi.
      Alonso had some serious ego issues, but to his credit is still a "big picture" thinker, so I think he will go quietly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Has anyone told Heikki Kovalainen he just became number 2 at Renault after busting his butt all year to become number 1? He will not be a happy camper.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It seem to me , and many others that Team Orders prevailed in the order of finish in Brazil. Ron Dennis should consider a protest and request an investigation. "Rules are Rules". Do not disappoint the fans of the sport by letting this pass.

      Just look at the interviews, and Massa's
      • 7 Years Ago
      IMHO, they should parked him when he puked his guts to the FIA, either for being disloyal or for actively participating in "unsporting" behaviour.

      And I thought MS was a whiny baby. Alonso has him beat dead to rights!

      Hamilton or Kimi!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think that none of us here has an idea of what really goes down behind doors at M-M. It can really be that they are favoring Ham, or maybe not, or maybe something else.

      Now, this is both, good and bad for Alo. Let's say that both (Alo and Ham) have, more or less, equal performing cars (different teams) next season:

      If he can beat Ham, I think that it will say a lot about M-M/Ron.

      If he cannot beat Ham, then it will say a lot about him.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe he is jealous, but this might not be the only reason why he want to leave!
      Since we are not in the McLaren Team, we could not judge if Alonso was treated equally.
      My opinion, the top drivers (maybe 1st to 3rd) in the top racing game might have the almost equal ability, but many other factors decide who will get the champion. That's what Alonso complains about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh, so Hamilton has not said a word when things haven't gone his way...
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