Perhaps the strongest indications of the soured relationship between Fernando Alonso, McLaren and Lewis Hamilton have come in a radio interview the Spaniard gave after the team announced its decision to appeal the result of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Despite having been involved in a few unsavoury incidents of his own this troubled season, the out-going world champion voiced the opinion that it would be 'better for the sport' if the Woking team had not launched its attempt to gift Hamilton the world title via the back door.

Speaking to Cadena SER on the morning after Interlagos, Alonso claimed that, should Kimi Raikkonen be forced to hand his crown to Hamilton, it would be another 'joke' decision - possibly fuelled by the weight of the British media.

"My manager told me of the appeal but, I think that, if it succeeds, it would be a shame," he said, "It would be a joke, another one, and they would have just sunk this sport. But these cases have a habit of being built up by the English journalists enough that they force a change."

Despite opting to skip McLaren's end of season dinner in Sao Paulo, Alonso insisted that he had congratulated Hamilton on the achievements of his rookie season.

"We congratulated each other," he claimed, "Despite not winning anything, we congratulate ourselves for having done a good championship. My morale is still good, although you are always a little sad when you see the possibilities and still do not win the championship. I took a risk in leaving a champion team like Renault but, on balance, I cannot be angry because I have had a car that has permitted me to fight to the last race and I have to be happy in that sense. I was a realist and I believe that I come out of this season with my head held high because I tried right to the last lap."

 

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