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Alonso in new character slur

Further revelations about the fraught relationship between Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007 have come to light in the new book about F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone...
Double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has again seen his character and integrity come under attack after being accused of trying to deliberately 'sabotage' and undermine Lewis Hamilton when the pair were team-mates and bitter arch-rivals during an acrimonious campaign at McLaren-Mercedes in 2007.

According to Tom Bowers' new book No Angel: The Secret Life Of Bernie Ecclestone, ahead of that season's Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring close to Budapest, Alonso asked McLaren team principal Ron Dennis to short-fuel Hamilton's car so that the British star would run dry and fail to finish the race, thereby denting his own title hopes but likely boosting those of the Spaniard.

That, of course, was the very day after a tit-for-tat spat had culminated in Alonso blocking Hamilton in the pit-lane during qualifying so that the latter did not have enough time to begin his final flying lap – a misdemeanour for which the man from Oviedo earned himself a starting grid penalty.

The same race was also the backdrop for the alleged 'blackmail' threat made by Alonso against Dennis, with the 26-time grand prix-winner reputedly issuing his team boss with an ultimatum threatening to blow the lid on the 'Spygate' row by providing the FIA with incriminating e-mails – unless he was instated as the clear number one driver at the Woking-based outfit.

Now competing for Ferrari, Alonso has refused to respond to questions regarding the fresh allegations, but the sport's supremo Ecclestone has acknowledged in an interview with the official F1 website that the 2005 and 2006 title-winner 'is said to be a bit difficult', quipping that whilst an Alonso/Sebastian Vettel pairing at the Prancing Horse would be a dream scenario, he himself would need to be the team principal since 'I don't see anybody [else] able to handle these two guys in the right way...'

When asked who he favours out of Vettel and Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber, meanwhile, the Formula One Management (FOM) chief executive fired back: “Very clearly Vettel!”



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FJMurray - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 8:13 PM

Is anyone else tired of British tabloid tactics when covering Formula 1? Alonso was looking for respect at McLaren and I guarantee he got very little (if any), and favoritism played into Lewis' hands early in that relationship. Good for Alonso to fight back! I know everyone in the UK was hoping he'd play little brother second fiddle to Lewis, but a champion shouldn't ever have to take any **** behind closed doors, which was DEFINITELY happening. This "revelation" was written by a Brit, for rabid British and pro-Hamilton audience about the all-Brit outfit at Mclaren. Bias? This isn't news: it's retarded punditry.

SD - Unregistered

March 03, 2011 7:14 PM

Will be interesting to hear the Spanish or Italian take on this story. I've read into the Hamilton/Alonso 2007 fued quite alot and have uncovered a few facts from the Hungary 2007 Qualifying session... Look it up on youtube and you will see a clearly very angry Alosno refusing to move from the McLaren pitbox to allow Hamilton to refuel in the dieing moments of qualifying. Its easy to instantly brand him as a sour loser who wants to mess up his own team mates strategy. BUT..... When reading up on the story it was acctually caused by Hamilton. The plan was to send Alonso out 1st for Q3 as he had choosen a lighter fuel load. Hamilton was to be released 2nd. When the green lights went on and Q3 began Hamilton ignored team orders and left the McLaren garage 1st. This went on to hinder Alonso's strategy. Despite numerous radio calls from the pit ordering Hamilton to allow Alonso through he did not respond. Prompting a very angry Alonso to take the aforementioned actions in the pitlane. T



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