The 2013 Formula 1 season started so promisingly for Fernando Alonso and Ferrari. After last year's near-miss, which owed more to the Spaniard's virtuosity than the qualities of the '12 car, the new F138 was talked up as a bold, aggressive design. This was the car that would drag the struggling Scuderia closer to Red Bull.
But it wasn't. What's more, Ferrari's struggles led to acrimony with its star driver. After two wins in the first five races, things took a turn for the worse.
A season that started so well ended with Alonso seriously interested in a return to McLaren in the future, having been publicly dressed down by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo in July.
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