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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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.