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Alonso: No driver in F1 wants Hamilton to win.

Fernando Alonso has redoubled his attack on former McLaren-Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton as the 2008 Formula 1 world title fight closes in – by claiming that 'all the drivers want [Felipe] Massa to be champion'.

Following his sensational triumph in the Japanese Grand Prix last weekend – his second successive victory in the latter stages of the campaign – Alonso had suggested that, should the opportunity present itself, he would 'help Massa' to lift the laurels [see separate story – click here].

Whilst insisting in Shanghai this weekend that 'sometimes what you read in newspapers is wrong', the Spaniard did admit that he hopes anyone but Hamilton will ultimately prevail.

“When I said this in Fuji what I meant is that now we have a competitive car it seems that we are able to fight sometimes with Ferrari and McLaren,” the former double F1 World Champion elaborated.

“First of all we need to have a competitive, hard car here in Shanghai and Brazil to be fighting with Ferrari and McLaren. If we do that and Felipe wins the race and I can be second or third, I will be happy to help Felipe to take as many points as possible. This is the only approach.

“We can be here forever and you cannot misunderstand what I say, you know. My best relationship is with Robert [Kubica]. I would like to see him winning the championship, but I know this is quite difficult because I think [with] the performance of his car it will be difficult to recover twelve points.

“I will drive my own race, but when you finish the race and see the results, you prefer some drivers to win or some teams to win compared to others. I don't think that I will be a key part of the championship, though.

“Whichever driver wins will win because he won the last two races or did a better job than the other one, that's all. You can take whatever you can from my comment, but it is very simple.”

Replying with an equally simple but perhaps just as telling 'no comment' when asked whether he believed Hamilton's driving of late had been, in Kubica's words, 'dangerous' and 'too much', Alonso subsequently confessed in a separate interview with Spanish broadcaster Telecinco that – in his opinion – no driver on the grand prix grid wanted the Briton to clinch the crown.

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Mike 1 - Unregistered

October 17, 2008 10:35 AM

So Alonso is now the spokesman for all the other drivers?The Real problem is the young brit has rocked their cosey little world,there must be a lot of questions being asked about a lot of the drivers,Most ploding along,huge wages,after you mate 8th will do me today,then along comes "hamilton" what do you think your doing trying to block pass at the start etc etc,we all have agreements if you do not join our cosey club we will not play,NEWS FLASH lads you can not "Blackball" lewis out of your cosey world he is his "OWN" man works for Mclaren if he''s got a steering wheel in his hands he wants to race,Get over it raise your game DO YOUR TALKING ON THE TRACK,Bunch of over paid Wosses. :rolleyes:

Tim Burr - Unregistered

October 17, 2008 10:15 AM

What a thoroughly nasty piece of work Alonso is becoming! The more I read of him the more I get to dislike him.A shame really because as a driver he is one of the best!

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