Alonso dismisses finish-line antics

Mon, 10 September 2007, 02:51

Fernando Alonso has denied that his finish-line antics at Monza were a sign of his growing antipathy towards his team, McLaren.

With the Woking based team embroiled in the espionage saga, and disgruntled Spaniard Alonso thought to be central to the FIA’s new evidence to be presented at the World Motor Sport Council on Thursday, many paddock observers read into the way in which he greeted the chequered flag on Sunday.

Alonso, 26, usually sweeps across to the pitwall to greet the cheers of his team colleagues when he wins a race, but on Sunday he remained on a normal line.

Then, when engineer Steve Hallam and team boss Ron Dennis hailed Alonso’s performance live on air via his team radio, the 26-year-old did not reply.

Alonso drew laughs from the assembled media after the race when he explained in the FIA press conference that “we are too fast here in Monza and if you go too close to (the pitwall), there is too much air coming to them.

“It is more dangerous (to do that) here than in any (other) place,” he added.

Alonso later told the Spanish press that he would not answer more questions about the incident.

“I am not going to talk any more,” Alonso is quoted as saying by the newspaper Diario As, “because after everything positive that I have achieved this weekend, if I talk about that then that is what you will write about.”

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