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Alonso Emotional To Leave Renault

Fernando Alonso has declared himself emotional ahead of his final drive with the Renault F1 Team.

The Spaniard won both of his worl titles with the team based in Enstone, UK, in 2005 and 2006 rewarding their efforts too with constructors championships in those two seasons.

Alonso left the team in 2007 for McLaren, but a season of arguing left him back at Renault where he has pulled out all the stops and taken what is known as a poor car to unbeliveable results.  This has left Alonso with the nickname of “The best driver on the grid”.

He will join Ferrari, replacing Kimi Raikkonen for the 2010 campaign.

“I would love to finish the season and my Renault career with a great result,” said Alonso. “It will be an emotional race because I have enjoyed so many special memories with this team and I am leaving behind a lot of friends.

“Renault is one of the great teams in Formula One and I look forward to fighting with them on the track in the years ahead.”

His boss, Bob Bell also paid tribute to his work.

“He’s made a huge contribution to the team, especially winning two world championships in 2005 and 2006 so he will be missed enormously,” said Bell.

“It’s often said that he is the best driver on the grid and I wouldn’t disagree with that so we’re understandably sad to see the end of our very successful relationship.”

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