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Alonso not ruling out Ferrari return

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Fernando Alonso says the reputation he has for being difficult to work with is wrong and thinks the door will stay open at Ferrari for a return.

Alonso is widely believed to have signed a deal with McLaren next year, while Ferrari will enter a new era in 2015 with Sebastian Vettel alongside Kimi Raikkonen. His reputation has been repaired at Ferrari after a tumultuous year at McLaren in 2007, which forced him into the wilderness at Renault for two seasons before he arrived at Maranello, though the charge he is not a team player has stuck with him for much of his career.

But, as he is on the verge of an unlikely return to McLaren, Alonso thinks he always has the possibility of returning one of his former teams.

"I don't know," Alonso said when asked if he could return to Ferrari. "More or less I know the questions you will do normally but I did expect this one so I'm not prepared to answer! At the moment it's not an option because if you say bye-bye it's not because five minutes later you think you might come back. I went from Renault to McLaren, then I came back to Renault. I went to Ferrari, maybe I'll come back. It seems that people that work with me give me one door open, which is different to things I read about being difficult to work with. At the end of the day the places I work I can usually come back to so that's a good sign."

Alonso was emotional during his Ferrari swansong in Abu Dhabi and, despite not adding to his two world titles in scarlet, says he will remember his time at Maranello fondly.

"I am proud of the team and the things we did together. We missed the title but let's say we raced against a very dominant Red Bull, and this year with Mercedes no-one could get close. This is what I missed in these five years. Any driver should drive for Ferrari for one year because it's a unique experience."

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