Alonso style a McLaren ‘match’ – Dennis

Fri, 19 January 2007, 02:50

Ron Dennis has calmed fears that world champion Fernando Alonso’s famously aggressive driving style might not suit his new McLaren team.

The 25-year-old Spaniard won back to back titles for Renault in 2005 and last season, but it has been suggested by some observers that recent McLarens seem to require a more subtle cockpit manner.

Woking based team principal Dennis admitted that, prior to Alonso’s unbranded test before Christmas, McLaren chiefs were “concerned” that their new acquisition might be a mismatch for the MP4-22.

“Yet there wasn’t (an issue),” said the Briton.

When shaking down the MP4-22 this week, Alonso said the 2006 McLaren he tested for one day last December has the “same philosophy” and basic handling.

Dennis continued: “As simple as that. Instead, it’s a good match.”

Alonso, meanwhile, told Spanish media that the newly-launched 2007 McLaren will receive upgraded bodywork and engine parts in “mid-February”.

Despite carrying the coveted number ‘1’ for the second season in a row, he played down any suggestion that he is a definite title contender for 2007.

“Hopefully, there will be a time when I can say that, but I don’t want to create false expectations,” Alonso said.


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