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Alonso says that Mclaren favour Hamilton

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Looks like he's already making excuses to me

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Maclaren must be over joyed to see both of their drivers competing against each other for the title.

Alonso could teach Hamilton many things and I'm sure this can only benefit the young Brit.

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comment by U8425571

posted Jun 12, 2007

I don't think he is making excuses. I think he is absolutely right. Alonso's wife and manager have also talked about Hamilton bias within Mclaren.

The Mclaren team seem to celebrate Hamilton's achievements more than Alonso's achievements. The mechanics all want Hamilton to win, it's so obvious. But no worries, Alonso will fight back and win the title.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Yeah he could but it looks like dignity in defeat isn't one of them

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posted Jun 12, 2007

This is the ugly side of Alonso.

We saw it last year when he started accusing Renault of not being 100% behind him in the title fight becasue he had signed for McLaren.

Good English drivers are few and far between so it's understandable they will be more vocal in their support for Hamilton than Alonso. But the way a statement like that is going to come across is that Hamilton is getting some sort of technical advantage from that preference which i am sure will not be true.

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comment by deleted (U3765986)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Yeah doesn't sound like he's moaning about it. Funny how he didn't mind Renault giving preferential treatment for the last two years.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

moaning to cover up his own displays which have not been the greatest this season

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posted Jun 12, 2007

IS ALONSO GOING FROM HERO TO ZERO?
IS HE AFTER SOME TLC?
SAD THAT A GOOD DRIVER LIKE HIM WON'T LET HIS DRIVING DO THE TALKING?
INDIGNANT PRAT COMES TO MIND !SADLY

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso thought he would be the main man now that Schumacher has retired and he has the best car but he obviously didn't expect a rookie in his own team to be taken the fight to him. Alonso is arrogant and I would much rather see Massa or Hamilton win the title this year. Alonso isn't one of the better drivers he just has the best car.

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comment by U6170180

posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso has more credibility than the journalists who cried because Hamilton could not understand that driving the cars flat out with the race won was a stupid thing for the team to do at Monaco. Especially when Hamilton had been striped for what 9 seconds in 15 laps.

Alonso also correctly aludes it is natural for Brits to favour Brits. Plus some people inspire others more see Ferrari who would give blood for Schumi but would not cross the road for Kimi Raikkonan.

"Good English drivers are few and far between so it's understandable they will be more vocal in their support for Hamilton than Alonso."

I love the above comment about not many English (British is what we are) drivers. That is sublime. There are what 4 out of 22?????? Davidson, Coulthard, Button and Hamilton. Spanish world champions? 1?

all Formula One drivers are supremely self centred and most have maturity levels of adolescents (as Dennis said on ITV when talking about "Kimi" they never get to grow up). For instance Hamilton was a child if he genuinely thought, what some people say he thought, after being out classed at Monaco - the child like response to his lack of pace to try to race with the race won is the kind of petulent response I would have given as a child - lets play one more set till I win.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

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comment by Wud82 (U7033908)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Why is he saying this now? It just makes him look like a bad loser whether it's true or not.

And anyway, it doesn't matter who the team prefer, if you keep throwing it off at the first corner your not going to win anythin!!!!

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posted Jun 12, 2007

They give him SUCH preferential treatment that the authorities investigated McLaren for alleged "team orders" to let Alonso win in the previous race!
doh

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posted Jun 12, 2007

I wrote an article yesterday saying I thought that he was arrogant and a poor team player and this only confirms it. The moment things aren't going his way he starts making excuses. Does Formula 1 really want a world champion like that???

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posted Jun 12, 2007

This has got all the makings of the senna/prost saga at the moment both of whom accussed the mclaren/honda team at some points of not being 100% with/for them.

Not sure how alonsos comments here make him arrogant though - stupid yes but arrogant no not really.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Sure they favour Hamilton - The man they brought in early in Monaco to prevent him from overtaking in the pit stops and winning.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

So does that mean hel concede the title to lewis then? Bit erly to admit you gonna be beaten.

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comment by Wud82 (U7033908)

posted Jun 12, 2007

therewesaiditdotcom - god you sound boring, can't you understand a bit of pasion makes a good sportsman?! sadface

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso is scared of Hamilton because he knows that Hamiltion is the most likely one to take the title off him.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso is acting sour and childish. Summed it up when his team radio was broadcast live tand he was swearing like a 14year old chav. He's scared because the limelight is on Hamilton, and he has the potential to become twice the driver Alonso will ever be..

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posted Jun 12, 2007

So It was Mclaren's fault Alonso left the track 4 times in Canada? he was unlucky with the pitstop, but thats racing. Mclaren ensured he won in Monaco. Hamilton will get more vocal support as he is British in a British team, but preferencial treatment? Mclaren are not that unprofessional. Ron Dennis will stomp on him for this.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

The second i saw this headline on the BBC sport site my heart sank.
How sad and weak.
Alonso has always been the number 1 driver and what changed from when he negociated his lucrative deal and met everybody at Mc Laren to this point when he says he was not comfortable-this is ridiculous rubbish from a man i personally love to watch,very immature and a sad reaction to the fact that has astonished us all(which McLaren could not have expected) and that is this boy Hamilton is the real deal.
He has raw speed and ability that makes me wish Schumacher was driving at his prime so we really could judge Hamilton.
Don't get me wrong,i was suspicous of the hype and doubted there could be a british driver so good after the brilliance of Senna and Schumacher,but he is trully good.
This has clearly unsettled Alonso and these comments will make a lot of people in the team feel a bit gutted.
Didn't we just have McLaren in the dock for not letting Hamilton attack Alonso?!!!
Seems to me best not to let anyone interview Alonso-he is to emotionally imature.
doh

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posted Jun 12, 2007

The title is coming home to Britain and Alonso knows it.

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comment by paksta (U5496775)

posted Jun 12, 2007

I think Alonso is badly misreading the situation. The fact is, Lewis Hamilton is a young rookie driver. Of course having gambled on him, McClaren is going to go out of their way to show him the ropes and make sure he gets a little extra tutelage in order to help him be successful. McClaren would have been highly embarrassed at giving such a young driver a spot on a top team if he'd have flopped, so for their reputation's sake they had to ensure he didn't.

Nobody is going to baby Alonso. He's proven at this level and he is perfectly capable of requesting the support he needs. If Alonso is not being childish - and perhaps he's not - he should be more specific in his complaints.

MechanicalGrip is also 100% right in stating the glaringly obvious. When Alonso was in the better position McClaren basically gave him right of way and rightfully so. You don't want both your drivers hitting a wall.

Straight up, Alonso has not driven as consistently as Hamilton in the same car.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Quick to whinge and whine when I can remember Alonso claiming he and MS were virtually the only decent F1 drivers around. These comments put the whole spoiledsport into the 'junior boarding school arena'. DSC

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comment by mumbleo (U5639898)

posted Jun 12, 2007

So, McLaren ask Hamilton not to challenge Alonso in the previous race and because Hamilton wins easily this weekend, he is getting special treatment.

Alonso knows his number 1 status, and World Title, is under threat so is getting his excuses in early.

Hamilton can, and will, dominate for years to come so Alonso had better knuckle down and get on with the job if he wants to keep up.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

This is excellent for Formula 1 fans. Hopefully this will develop into a Senna v Prost situation that was so exciting in the late 80's. Ron Dennis is no fool and knows exactly how to get the adrenaline running in both his drivers. A new golden age for F1 is here!

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Why write this article when someone else has posted the same article directly before you?? Most people are already debating on there and this splits the discussion

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posted Jun 12, 2007

I just hope that Alonso doesn't do something rash and try to take Hamilton off when he is beaten to the first corner again.

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comment by FC (U7724158)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Playing mind games against your own team is seriously unprofessional - as was his display in Montreal. doh I have been a big Alonso fan since he came into F1, but unless he starts to learn how to cope with competition and occasionally lose with dignity, he will lose the resect he has acquired.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

It seems he's been taken out of context. He hasen't said that they favour Hamilton, he's said that all the support went his way at first, which may be an exaggeration but Hamilton was bound to get lads of attention as he essentially had 4 months to learn how to drive a F1 car. Also, Alonso may feel slightly outcast because he is Spanish and everyone around him is English.

That being said Mika Hakkenin never complained when he was with Coulthard, but that was some years ago.

And obviously there will be a bias towards Hamilton here. I'd like to see the Spanish version of 606...

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Does he really believe this sort of statement is going to help his cause or is it an early attempt at damage limitation because he can see an even more prodigious talent than his own emerging before his very eyes. Sounds like sour grapes to me. It is difficult to imagine what part "team bias" has played in Alonsos blatantly poor driving decisions this season as seen again at Montreal on Sunday. To me these look like mistakes born out of pressure not bias.

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comment by Stevedo (U7735374)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Typical English bias I'm afraid...you just have to look at the way the English behave with everything. As soon as they get a winner, it's over inflated hype all the way...

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posted Jun 12, 2007

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posted Jun 12, 2007

If Alonso was 20 points ahead, he would say he felt comfortable.
This competition wasnt expected by anyone

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comment by Ychocky (U8625473)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Hey Fernando, stay off the grass and drive some flawless laps before complaining, because at this point Hamilton has done just that. Montreal was a Sunday drive for the lad.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

In canada it was obvious that Hamilton is a far more mature Driver, had he been in second behind Alonso he would have stayed there and protected his teammate and only looked to overtake when he could.Alonso made several unforced errors and it cost him 6 points.No Excuses the best driver won.

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comment by esthar2 (U3143339)

posted Jun 12, 2007

What a load of rubbish! Alonso is just a sore loser. Hamilton for the Championship!

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posted Jun 12, 2007

interesting that you didn't hear Alonso coming to Hamiltons rescue a couple of weeks ago when the same allegation was put up about him!

Methinks a leetle sour grapies no? laugh

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posted Jun 12, 2007

I'm suprised at his comments. I'm not saying that he's wrong in saying what he's said, I'm just suprised he's made the remarks now.

6 races in, he's only 8 points behind, which can easily be caught up, especially if Hamilton has a DNF.

I think instead of talking to the press about it, he should put his foot down, and make himself even more determined to beat Hamilton.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

"all the help goes his way"

I don't think so! Hamilton was ordered to hold off putting pressure on Alonso at Monaco. Very selective memory!

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comment by Arkimsa (U3871417)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso made mistakes in Canada from the very first corner! long before the safety car was deployed.Hamilton was consistent,even his driving line.It wasn't luck as Alonso has convinced himself.Alonso gets cynical when he loses.The pressure is getting to him.

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comment by Pete (U7082841)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Obviously, none of us know what is said behind the scenes so there may be foundation in what Alonso is saying. However, his final position in this race had NOTHING to do with his team preferring his teammate and A LOT to do with him messing up at corners and falling foul of rules he should have been aware of. To say that after THIS race certainly makes it sound like he's suffering from a bad dose of sour grapes...

Also, if MacLaren favoured Hamilton wouldn't they have allowed him to decide when to pit in Monaco?

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posted Jun 12, 2007

McLaren never gave preferential treatment to any driver, one just need to look back at Prost/Lauda (1984), Senna/Prost (88,89), Hakkinen/Coulthard (98,99,2000). In 2000 Ron Dennis should have told Coulthard to back off instead of damaging Hakkinen chance of a hat trick, but Ron Dennis allowed them to race each other and the rest is history. This year is not going to be any different, it's going down to the wire between Hamilton, Alonso, Massa and Kimmi just like in 1986 between Senna, Prost, Mansell and Piquet. Just pure joy to watch.

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comment by Fizzoid (U6216496)

posted Jun 12, 2007

It seems to me Alonso is using this as an excuse because Hamilton is currently beating him in the World Championship, and may well go on doing so

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posted Jun 12, 2007

Hamilton is taking the fight to him and he does not like it. Alonso is a rigid driver, once off line it goes wrong for him in a big way. It's very babyish but typical of him. Last he did it all the time about his own team and then when it was revealed he had an illegal car for 18 months

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comment by ozza33 (U2742111)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Alonso is certainly feeling the pressure. In Canada he could only blame himself after going off at the first corner after trying a move that would never work on Hamilton. Alonso now has to show why he is double world champion, and get on with it instead of moaning.

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posted Jun 12, 2007

If you look at both their comments, it looks like a deliberate PR gimmick to deflect attention from the allegations that the team had ordered Hamilton not to challenge Alonzo in the previous race. What better way than to create an imaginary "rivalry" which your English tabloids will replay over and over again? Hamilton is good and will get better but hes not there yet. Anybody noticed how Alonzo recovered from the 10 seconds penalty to finish in the points? Now that was pure driving excellence...

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comment by TJ (U1651052)

posted Jun 12, 2007

Let me get this straight.
Alonso couldn't keep his car under control on the track and it's the team's fault for being biased against him?

I dunno - looks to me like Hamilton knows where the limits are and doesn't try to push them as much as Alonso

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