An early exit for the double world championFernando Alonso
's stormy year with McLaren came to a shuddering halt on Friday with the announcement that the Spaniard was tearing up his contract.
Alonso's spokesman, Luis Garcia-Abad, told the RNE radio station that the
deposed world champion would leave the British team immediately even though his current contract had two years to run.
He would not, however, have to pay a financial penalty for breaking the contract and was free to join another team of his choosing.
Alonso had a turbulent first season with the Woking-based squad on his way to third position in the championship.
The Spaniard has been openly unhappy this year after winning back-to-back titles with Renault in 2005 and 2006.
Reports this week claimed that lawyers acting on his behalf have been aiming to find a solution to his 2008 contract with the team.
"Fernando will no longer be with McLaren," Alonso's manager Luis Garcia Abad is quoted as telling Diario As. "I can confirm that. He is free to join any other team next season."