Fernando Alonso has continued to cast doubt on which team he will be racing with in 2008, as the Spaniard gets set to take part in his 100th grand prix in Istanbul this weekend.

The reigning double world champion, while moving to dismiss talk of any rift with rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the wake of their feud at the Hungarian Grand Prix three weeks ago, did not deny the atmosphere inside McLaren was a glacial one at present.

"There was no war between us or anything of that sort," international news agency Reuters quoted the 26-year-old as having told the Spanish media. "Logically we aren't the best of friends, but we respect each other. I don't have a problem with him and he doesn't have one with me. If one of us does have a problem it is with the team."

Alonso said his main gripe was with what he perceived to be a lack of appreciation within the Woking outfit of the benefits he has brought to the squad since his arrival there at the end of 2006.

"My belief is that last year McLaren were nowhere," he asserted. "I remember how the car was going when I tested it in December and how it went in Australia. Those six tenths of a second I brought when I got in the car for the first time haven't been reflected at any time when we two drivers have been competing against each other. That is basically the quarrel I have had for the whole season, but who doesn't have problems with their boss?"

Just six points adrift of championship pace-setter Hamilton in the drivers' standings with as many races now remaining, Alonso is determined to turn the tables and seal a third successive title - a feat achieved by only Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher before him. Should he succeed in doing that, whether he will remain at McLaren to defend it in 2008 is very much open to debate.

"I don't know where I will drive next year," he remarked evasively. "It's impossible to know that. The only thing I am clear about is that I have a contract with McLaren and I can drive with them."

 

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