Fernando Alonso has said that he does not feel it necessary for the FIA to have appointed an independent observer to ensure that he is treated fairly by the McLaren team at this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix showdown.

The governing body, persuaded by comments in the Spanish media, acted in order to quell speculation that McLaren was poised to favour Lewis Hamilton in the three-way battle for the world title, but Alonso has said that he sees no reason for the move.

"Not really, not really," he told the media at the first of the weekend's press conferences at Interlagos, "I probably don't agree with that decision but, you know, it's not up to us. I think, if they decide to do that, it's okay, but we don't need anything like that in the garage."

Asked, then, if he trusted the team to do right by him, the double world champion attempted to dismiss the reasons he gave for being unhappy with his qualifying performance in China - which allegedly led him to kick the door of the team's office off its hinges.

"I was disappointed with the qualifying performance," he said, "I felt it was a very strange result after Q1 and Q2, but we realised that the tyre pressures were a little bit too high and this can happen in any of the qualifying sessions, so I just want to think that it was coincidence and a little bad luck. This race should be okay."

Alonso also attempted to dismiss the reaction of team boss Ron Dennis, who was quoted as saying that the Spaniard was the real 'opposition' that he and Hamilton were fighting against.

"I was surprised [by the quote]," he admitted, "But it is difficult to say what is true or what are just normal words that you say after the race that you can take in a different way. You can [cause] some problems asking me these questions and not him. I don't see anything strange, just surprise, but [I am] not really worried."

Entering the showdown four points in arrears of Hamilton, Alonso admitted that his task this weekend is tougher than in either of the years he won the title, but he insisted that he would not alter his approach to the race.

"For the last two years, I was in front, now I'm behind - that's the main difference," he reflected, "Sometimes you just need to be conservative, just to do your job and finish in a certain place [but], this year, I need much more than that. I need to win the race, to be at the front and [have] another combination of results from the other contenders. So it's more difficult.

"Now it's more a championship thought when you approach the weekend. For sure, five or six races ago, you just concentrated on doing your job, take the weekend like the final race of the championship. Now it's more a championship thought so, when you are in the car, you don't care too much about the race result, you just concentrate on how many points you will get. I think, especially in this last race, it's about all the combinations we know that we need to be champion. You try to do your maximum, you try to do your best. But it's not only up to you."

 

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