When McLaren boss paid Fernando Alonso $16 Million to get rid of Kimi Raikkonen

Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso were all free agents heading into the 2007 F1 season.

It’s not common in F1 to see the contracts of three legendary drivers expiring together at the end of the year.

 However, Raikkonen, Schumacher and Alonso’s F1 futures could very well have shaken the grid up.

Fans thought that Schumacher and Alonso’s contracts would be renewed.

 The former was well settled in Ferrari, and Alonso was winning everything at Renault.

It was Raikkonen and his McLaren situation that created a domino effect the following season.

According to Business F1 Raikkonen was engaged in intense negotiations with

 McLaren boss Ron Dennis and the man involved in this was that Finn’s managed David Robertson.

Raikkonen’s entourage was pretty convinced he would stay at McLaren.

However, Dennis figured that he would not have any other suitors in F1, and decided to push his luck with the discussions.

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