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Alonso would welcome ‘team-mate tension’ at McLaren

Fernando Alonso says he wouldn't mind a strained relationship with team-mate Jenson Button if it meant McLaren were back on top in F1.
Fernando Alonso admits that he wouldn't be upset to see some Mercedes-style friction in the McLaren camp next season, as it would likely mean that the Woking team has emerged from its 2015 nightmare.

Speaking to Sky Sports News from a sponsor event to highlight the perils of drink-driving, Alonso again confirmed that he had no intention of taking next year off, and was clearly looking forward to locking horns with team-mate Jenson Button in more competitive climes. While the Briton might not be the most combative opponent off-track, the Spaniard insisted that he would not baulk at a little tension between the pair if it meant that McLaren and Honda were competing at the front of the field.

"There is always more stress when you are fighting for championships and wins within your team, as we have seen with some other teams who are having issues," Alonso said, reacting to recent stories suggesting that Mercedes might dissolve the fractious pairing of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg should relations in the camp not improve.

"But let's say it's a good stress to have when you are fighting for big things. I'm looking forward to working with Jenson next year and, if there is a bit of tension, then it would be welcome as well!"

While Honda's return to the top flight made McLaren something of a laughing stock as it accumulated grid penalties brought on by the repeated change of engine parts, both Alonso - who endured his own edgy relationship with Hamilton in 2007 - and Button remain optimistic that the worst is now behind them, as the former Anglo-Japanese powerhouse pairing works to improve its performance in time for the start of 2016.

"I am very positive about next year,” the double world champion reiterated, “We've been through very difficult times, but we understand our problems and the solutions - at least on the theoretical side. Next year will definitely be a much better year and our intention is to fight for the championship or, minimum, fight for podiums. There is a huge potential we need to unlock.

"We understand the challenge in front of us and we've had to use all of our experience and knowledge to help the team grow up and improve the situation as quickly as possible. That's what we are doing and now that things are getting better it would make no sense to miss the opportunity to finally enjoy being competitive next year."

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December 05, 2015 8:55 PM

To be fair to Alonso he needs to remind old Ron that if he didn't support a dispicable rookie in 2007 the course of this team could well be very different, I believe Alonso wouldn't have choked like Sham would have in 07 or rely on questionable Glock in 08, judging by Alonso's form in 2010-2012 it's fair to say with the car Mclaren had he could have taken probably the 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 championship and both the team and driver could today be the greatest in F1 history, instead old Ron supports a substandard driver always in danger of imploding, inconsistent and more worried about his balding head than winning for the team, then the spygate, liegate etc it's basically destroyed the team and Ron gets what he deserves, now his 'protoge' is trash talking about him... instead of pointing the finger at the likes of Whitmarsh, Lewser, Honda and Boullier he needs to look at himself and wonder why the team was dictated by those people that HE hired.

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