Angry Spaniards side with Alonso

Mon, 6 August 2007, 01:59

Spain sided vigorously against all quarters – except its national hero – after the Hungarian grand prix.

“Like that, you could win anything,” the newspaper Marca said, deriding the circumstances in which Fernando Alonso’s McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton won on Sunday.

Diario As called Hamilton’s win “an immoral triumph” and “the victory of Judas”, referring to how the British rookie disobeyed a team order before accusing Alonso of deliberately holding him up in the infamous qualifying pitstop.

Marca added: “Hamilton took advantage of the gift from the FIA”.

Spain’s motor sports federation, the RFEA, also attacked the stewards’ decision to penalise Alonso, and vowed to explore “all the available measures … to clear up this conflict”.

Marca even claimed that Alonso and his father Jose Luis have asked former team boss, mentor and manager Flavio Briatore, of Renault, for advice about how to break his contract with McLaren and flee to another team.

The newspaper adds that Alonso placed a “Hamilton or me” ultimatum to Ron Dennis in Hungary regarding 2008.

Briatore said: “I don’t know anything about that. This is a McLaren problem, not mine.”

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