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McLaren looking to sign Fernando Alonso

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso may be joining McLaren next season, as Martin Whitmarsh flew out to Madrid to meet the Spaniard for talks, according to The Daily Mail.

Fernando Alonso finished second last season with Ferrari, behind the four time winner Sebastian Vettel, with a gap of 155 points between the two drivers.

But recently McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh is rumoured to have flown out to Madrid to meet the 32-year-old, in order to hold talks with the current Ferrari driver to discuss terms for signing with the team.

McLaren have had two different drivers in two seasons, with Lewis Hamilton leaving the team in 2012 to go on to join the departed Ross Brawn at Mercedes.

Then, for the 2012/13 season, Whitmarsh signed the former Sauber driver Serio Perez, but with his season results decided to let the Mexican go, and are now looking for another replacement.

The Spanish driver has won two championship titles in his career, back to back titles in 2005 and 2006, and in his last four seasons, has finished second on three occasions, behind the ever-dominant Sebastian Vettel.

But McLaren finished sixth last season in the Constructors' Championship, on 122 points, with Ferrari finishing third behind Mercedes and Red Bull on 354.

Furthermore in the past season, McLaren never secured a podium finish, compared to 14 in the 2011/12 season, and their highest finish in a race was 4th, on the final day in Brazil, by Jenson Button.

While Ferrari had a podium finish ten times this season- and with Kimi Raikkonen joining the team for the 2014 season- if Alonso decided to stay it would a very promising season for the Italian team.

But recently Whitmarsh stated his interest in the Spanish driver, staking a claim in a possible move for the driver.

"Yes, I would welcome Fernando here. He is a very talented driver."

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