Fernando Alonso has admitted that he is preparing himself for another Lewis Hamilton victory at this weekend's British Grand Prix, claiming that it would serve the McLaren team better for its rookie to triumph on home soil.

The two-time world champion insisted that he was not trying to stir up more 'favouritism' rumours, but explained that there was logical reasoning in the belief that Hamilton winning the British Grand Prix would have benefits for both team and driver.

"I'm not trying to be controversial by saying this," Alonso told Spain's El Larguero show, "We will be in England - a Spaniard and an Englishman - and the British driver heads the world championship. If Lewis wins at Silverstone, obviously McLaren would be happier. It's the same as them being happier if I win in Spain.

"At Montmel?, the team tried to do the best thing for me, to give me the nest chance of winning my home race. I qualified with less fuel, but I could not win the race after I touched Massa at the first corner. But I know that the team did all they could to help me, and would have been happy if I had won. I am just hoping to show the same sort of form as I did in Barcelona, as I know that I can recover the lead of the championship."

Alonso's biggest opposition at Silverstone may not come from his team-mate, however, as Ferrari showed a definite return to form in both the French Grand Prix, and also the recent group test at Silverstone. Hamilton could only finish third at Magny-Cours, while Alonso's challenge was scuppered by a gearbox problem in qualifying that left him tenth on the grid.

"Ferrari found something good in the test of Silverstone, and I think that they are the clear favourite for victory [this weekend]," he admitted.

 

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