Former Formula 1 World Champion Alan Jones has waded into the Lewis Hamilton-Fernando Alonso rivalry saga by suggesting McLaren team principal Ron Dennis needs to exert more control over his drivers before they ruin the team's chances

Sympathising with the mechanics more than the drivers, Jones admits rivalry within your team is always going to be intense, the 1980 Champion reprising the phrase 'the first person you need to beat is your team-mate'.

Even so, Jones believes Dennis needs to pull his drivers to one side in order to establish a 'game plan' before they ruin both of their chances for the title. Suggesting that they need not agree to help one other, Jones claims both must try and work together to beat their opposition for the benefit of the team.

"You have these highly talented guys and, while they will want to do their own thing and not become puppets, there has to be some sort of arrangement," he told The Observer newspaper.

"They might agree that there is no arrangement - if you know what I mean - but they have to sit down and establish a game plan. It's like cricket. The captain will instruct his guys to do something for the betterment of that team and for the end result, which is victory. That is not doing anything for the benefit of one individual; it's for the benefit of that team winning."

Somewhat more controversially, Jones suggests Alonso should have stalled his car deliberately whilst he was blocking Hamilton in the pit lane during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, the origin of the heated rivalry. He claims it would not have aroused suspicion, yet still have had the same effect.

"Given that Hamilton was supposed to let Alonso through during qualifying, the only thing that surprised me about Alonso's delaying tactics in the pits was that he didn't pretend to stall the car," added Australia's last Formula 1 Champion.

"Then they couldn't have done a bloody thing to him. If he had stalled it, by the time they had got the starter attached and got him going again, it would have equated to the same amount of time lost. These guys are just not thinking quickly enough."

Jones himself speaks from experience after a lengthy rivalry with Williams team-mate Carlos Reutemann in 1981 that culminating in the Argentine failing to complete the championship win.

 

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