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Fernando Alonso

Alonso opens door to Hamilton teammate reunion

The Spaniard has not ruled out a reunion with Lewis Hamilton, despite their tricky past that led to him ultimately leaving McLaren.

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Fernando Alonso has not ruled out potentially reuniting with Lewis Hamilton as a teammate to round off his Formula 1 career.

The pair have a troubled past having been teammates at McLaren in 2007, but this only lasted a season after the Spaniard was forced to leave amid the spygate scandal and tensions with Hamilton during the season.

Reflecting on the season in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, Alonso brands their brief spell as teammates "difficult" and claims that the situation was mismanaged by the team.

"We had a difficult season," he said. "But we respected what the other was doing on track and still do."

"We each consider the other to be a talented driver and one of the toughest competitors we have ever met.

"The situation that season was not well-managed by our bosses. We were young. We were immature. We were many of the things we are not now, and we needed help from the management that we didn’t get."

Alonso: I couldn't continue with McLaren

Alonso would eventually go back to McLaren when they changed management in 2015 and made the switch to Honda engines.

But for the brief period he was at Renault and then went to Ferrari, he thought the team was off limits.

"I couldn’t continue with McLaren. It was a team with eyes totally one side of the garage," explained Alonso.

"As Ron [Dennis] said after the penultimate race in China 'Our race isn’t with [Felipe] Massa, it is with Fernando' When your team says that, you cannot continue. But you learn in a career."

Now that there is clear respect between Hamilton and Alonso on track, could we see a future where him and Hamilton?

"It would be nice to end our careers together, I would love that," he said.

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