Alonso expecting no conflict in 2008

Wed, 16 January 2008, 12:39

Fernando Alonso is not expecting another season of internal team conflict in 2008.

The double world champion on Tuesday marked his return to Renault, after an ill-fated single season at McLaren in 2007, by testing quickest at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

In an interview provided to the media by the French team, the 26-year-old played down his reported struggle with Lewis Hamilton last year, but said he is not expecting similar problems in 2008.

Alonso’s teammate this season will be Brazilian rookie Nelson Piquet Jr, the son of the tempestuous triple world champion of the same name.

“I haven’t really got to know Nelsinho yet, but he seems to me to be a normal, nice guy who wants to enjoy his time in formula one: no different to Marques, Button, Trulli, Fisi, Montagny or McNish, all of whom were my teammates, all of whom I got on well with and who are still friends,” said Alonso.

The only name missing from his roll-call of past teammates was Hamilton, but the Spaniard insists that the press overstated the negativity of his relationship with the Briton, as well as team boss Ron Dennis, last year.

“I said last year that too many false things were written, but I understand that is what sells newspapers,” Alonso said.

“For 2008, I don’t anticipate problems with anybody, and Flavio has always demonstrated that he can manage these situations very well.”

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