Alonso ready to ditch McLaren; Final race to decide F1 season

The speculation that current McLaren Formula One driver and two time defending world champion Fernando Alonso is going back to team Renault could soon become a reality. Alonso, who has made it an art of looking out for self, met secretly with Renault front-men Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds two weeks back during the Japanese Grand Prix. During the meeting Alonso discussed a two or three year contract with Renault starting next season. Sure, Alonso is under contract with McLaren for 2008, but given the fact that he essentially snitched on his team during the “spygate” scandal and has been bickering all season with teammate Lewis Hamilton, McLaren will probably be all too happy to terminate the remaining year on his contract.

While Alonso looks ahead to his future, there’s the matter of the current Formula One season, which got a lot more interesting when points leader Hamilton failed to finish at the Chinese Grand Prix. Going into the final race of the season in Brazil, the top 3 drivers – Hamilton, Alonso and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen – is separated by a mere 7 points. The first place finisher at the Brazilian grand prix has a chance to win a precious 10 points, meaning that the race for the driver’s championship will come down to the final race of the season, as it should.

So, what’s the ideal scenario for Ferrari and Raikkonen? For Kimi to finish first, teammate Felipe Massa to finish second, Alonso to finish anywhere from third on down and Hamilton to finish no higher than fifth. It’s a long-shot for sure, but that’s why they run the races.

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