Fernando Alonso has once again moved to quash rumours he is less than happy at McLaren-Mercedes in the wake of Lewis Hamilton's recent run of form, and is confident of being able to turn the tables this weekend at a circuit that has shone on him in the past.

The Spaniard - who has made a number of noises in the press about being unhappy at the different manner in which the team has celebrated his and Hamilton's victories this season - insisted he was more than comfortable at the Woking-based outfit, despite currently lying some ten points adrift of his rookie team-mate in the title chase.

"The situation is good," he stressed. "It is only rumours that have been in the press and I think that is impossible to stop. I'm second, behind my team-mate and it would be the opposite if I was first and my team-mate was second. Maybe people would then start talking about him. I have no problems and no intention to leave the team before I finish.

"I think in a way it has been a good surprise how quick the car has been. I left Renault last year and was not so sure about what the McLaren would be like at the beginning of the season, but I found a very good car straightaway.

"I was able to win two races out of the first seven [of 2007] and I'm second in the drivers' championship with the team leading the constructors', so it has been a very positive first half of the season. For sure I would like to be first and leading both championships, but for that I need to be a little bit quicker than in the first seven races."

Arguing he was not at all concerned by Ferrari's seeming step forward in performance - both during the US Grand Prix a fortnight ago and at last week's Silverstone test - Alonso is optimistic of maintaining McLaren's winning run at Magny-Cours, a track where he has twice stolen pole position and finished on the rostrum for the last three years in succession, including triumphing there en route to the first of his two world championship successes in 2005.

"[Testing] was good for us too," the 25-year-old underlined. "I think as a team we improved our car and our performance. We had some new bits on the car regarding aerodynamics, suspension and brakes, and many other new things. We developed the car and it should be competitive again here in France.

"I like the circuit a lot. I always enjoy driving at Magny-Cours; I drove here for Renault and I had a lot of fans and support. This year will maybe be a little bit different because the grandstand will not be with McLaren so much as they were with Renault, but it should still be a good weekend."

 

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