Fernando Alonso has claimed that it was unlikely that he would win the world title at Interlagos on Sunday, despite going into the race just four points behind McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

While the Briton was the favourite to take the crown, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen underlined the fact that outsiders could make a dream reality by snatching the title from under the noses of both McLaren pilots. Alonso, however, insisted that his chances relied more on fate than his own ability to battle the Finn.

"McLaren lost the championship through some of the decisions that it took in the second part of the championship," the Spaniard told Cadena SER's El Larguero, "It is no secret that they did not help me. I ran the last few races with my feet and hands tied because I could not make any decisions. I had to do what the team said and as they said. Thus, it was difficult to make up points."

Alonso has long complained that McLaren was plotting against him in order to favour prot?g? Hamilton, only for both drivers to come up one point short of Raikkonen in the final reckoning.

"The statement made by my team leader [Ron Dennis] after China, saying that [Hamilton] was not racing against Kimi Raikkonen, but against me, does not give me the feeling of being part of the team," he insisted, "The result of the last race speaks for itself, and everyone needs to learn lessons from how this year has gone.

"It has been a macabre result. [McLaren was] leading the championship from round two but, after the last race, both drivers ended up a point off the champion. That does not suggest that the season has been very well managed."

Rumours continue to abound that Alonso will be Renault-bound for 2008, but the driver and his entourage insist that he cannot begin talks while he has a contract at Mclaren - which he has for another two years. However, despite protestations that he may yet be at Woking next season, it was notable that the Spaniard did not join the team for its end-of-season dinner in Sao Paulo on Sunday night.



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