Thursday, July 5, 2007

Alonso: Team wants Lewis home win

Fernando Alonso says he thinks McLaren would be happier if Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix than if he did. But the world champion has no complaints about that preference because the team was equally supportive of his bid to take a home win in Spain. The relationship between the McLaren drivers has been a huge topic in the media in recent months, although both they and the team have been keen to play down any suggestions of tension in the garage. While Alonso believes a Hamilton win would be McLaren's preferred Silverstone result, he was quick to qualify his comment by saying that the squad gave him the same support in Barcelona.

"I think that, yes, they would prefer that (a Lewis victory) and I don't think there will be any argument," Alonso was quoted as saying by the British newspapers.
"We will be in England and we have a Spanish driver and an English driver and the Englishman is leading the championship.
"So if he wins it will help the team.
"The team wanted me to win in Barcelona and they will want Hamilton to win at Silverstone."

Alonso failed to win his home race after going off at the first corner in a bid to grab the lead from Felipe Massa. He currently trails Hamilton by 14 points in the world championship.

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