McLaren chairman Ron Dennis says he would 'never say never' to Fernando Alonso returning to the team, despite the manner in which the Spaniard departed after a single season back in 2007.
Alonso joined McLaren from Renault to form what looked set to be something of a dream team against rookie Lewis Hamilton, only for his relationship with the Woking-based team to fall apart in dramatic fashion.
The two-time champion had moved to McLaren expecting to be the lead driver but was left far from happy when it became apparent that Hamilton had been given equal status.
Clearly unhappy with the situation, Alonso's relationship with the team became increasingly fractious as the year wore on, with things coming to a head in Hungary, where Alonso blocked Hamilton in the pits during qualifying.
It was then reported that Alonso had threatened to reveal incriminating evidence to the FIA over the spygate scandal, with Dennis instead telling the governing body what had happened as the team was thrown out of the constructors' championship.
Having left after just a single season to return to Renault, Alonso then moved on to Ferrari but was linked with a switch back to McLaren for 2014 amidst tension at the Scuderia
Alonso remains under contract to Ferrari until the end of 2016 but speaking to BBC Sport
, Dennis said he wouldn't have an issue with the Spaniard returning despite the bad blood between them in the past.
"One has to recognise the first objective of any grand prix team is to win races,” he said. "Whatever obstacles sit between a team wanting to win and winning, be it engineering, fiscal or human issues, you resolve them. You never say never."