Alonso wants Spaniard as 2007 teammate

Fri, 14 July 2006, 01:00

Fernando Alonso says he hopes McLaren create an all-Spanish race lineup next year by making Pedro de la Rosa his full time 2007 team mate.

Despite earlier refusing to weigh in with his opinion about who else should wear silver next season, the 24-year-old – to switch from Renault at the end of the year – has now enthused about Juan Pablo Montoya’s temporary replacement, de la Rosa.

”I am really happy for my friend,” Alonso told ‘AS’ newspaper at Magny Cours, as the Spanish media stepped in a higher gear with now two countrymen in with a shout of grand prix wins.

Alonso continued: ”Hopefully McLaren give him plenty of races this season and then next year he can be my team mate — I think it would be perfect.

”In the races, he would be an ally.”

He denied that, at 35 and with seasons at Arrows and Jaguar behind him, Pedro is too old to be given a second chance at F1 stardom.

”Pedro has more motivation than many drivers I see,” said Alonso.

”Hopefully he can do some great races and perhaps go onto the podium.”

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