Alonso says Hamilton relationship ‘good’

Wed, 20 June 2007, 02:45

Fernando Alonso has joined his teammate Lewis Hamilton in rubbishing reports that they do not get along.

Experts have described the tension inside the McLaren camp at the moment as akin to the ferocious relationship shared by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the 80s.

But world champion Alonso, who shook his fist and swerved at the pitwall after failing to pass Hamilton at Indianapolis last Sunday, said there is a difference between on and off-track rivalry.

“On the track you can have your run-ins,” he is quoted as saying by the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, “but this is normal. Our relationship is good.”

Rookie and championship leader Hamilton revealed recently that, in the McLaren motor home, he often plays computer games with Alonso.

“Off the track, we laugh, we joke,” the 25-year-old Spaniard confirmed.

Alonso added: “Clearly I was not overjoyed (at Indianapolis) because I believed that I was faster and I wanted to win. So it did not leave a good taste in my mouth.”

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