It may not have been the marriage made in heaven that many expected it to be, but Fernando Alonso insists that his decision to leave Renault and join McLaren for the 2007 Formula 1 season was the correct move to make.

The Spaniard left McLaren last week after just one year of his three-year contract after the relationship between team and driver deteriorated to such an extent that both parties agreed that a clean-break was the best possible way to move forward.

However, despite the strained relationship, Alonso still finished third in the drivers' standings and was in contention for the title until the season finale - results that he feels justified his decision to move to the team.

"This year I had the opportunity to win the championship again, so from that point of view the switch [from Renault] was a good decision," the double champion told the official F1 website. "The team did a fantastic job to have a competitive car so I was able to fight until the last race and finished only one point behind the champion. So in that respect I think it has been a very positive season.

"Outside the car for sure we had some ups and downs, better moments and worse moments, but I think this happens in every job. I will remember this year for my four victories I had in important places, where I had not won before, like Monza, and Monaco again for a second time."

Alonso admitted that there were a number of reasons why he was unable to add a third title to his CV but said that he would learn from the lessons of the past season and focus firmly on the future.

"Did we lose the championship due to strategic mistakes? Well, a championship is not lost in a single race so there are many reasons why we did not win. Hopefully for next year I've learnt some lessons and I'll try again.

"When we lose a championship we start thinking about why we lost. But we lost, so there is nothing more we can do. It's history. The future is the place where you can change things - and the future already has begun. Looking back over my shoulder I feel quite comfortable."



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