Alonso rejects McLaren peace-talks vacation

Thu, 16 August 2007, 12:38

Fernando Alonso has reportedly turned down an invitation to join his teammate and bosses for a vacation to calm the worsening tension that exists within McLaren.

The reigning world champion’s relationships with Britons Lewis Hamilton and Ron Dennis descended to new lows at the recent Hungarian grand prix, sparking speculation that the only solution might be for him to leave the team.

But coinciding with the calendar’s current August break, team shareholder and co-founder Mansour Ojjeh invited all of McLaren’s major players to the deck of Kogo — his incredible 72-metre super-yacht.

Championship leader Hamilton is already on board, giving British paparazzi the opportunity last week to photograph him frolicking with Ojjeh’s 18-year-old daughter Sara in St. Tropez.

The multi-million dollar yacht, apparently also now occupied by team principal Dennis, was to make its way to the Spanish waters of Menorca this week, where Alonso was touted to join the vacation.

The Spanish newspaper Marca, however, claims that the 26-year-old turned down Ojjeh’s invitation — possibly a sign that his association with his Woking based employer is indeed untenable and irreconcilable.

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