Hamilton to seek out Alonso after Spa anger

Thu, 27 September 2007, 03:43

Lewis Hamilton says he will seek out his McLaren teammate and championship rival Fernando Alonso at Fuji to talk about their on-track encounter at Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago.

The 22-year-old rookie, who in Japan on Thursday revealed that he had not yet spoken to Alonso after Belgium, had criticised the Spaniard following their close encounter at turn one.

“For both of us, we have got to be careful and remember that we are teammates,” Hamilton on Thursday was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

“I have my feelings on what happened. If that is how aggressive he wants to be then I can be just as aggressive as anyone else.”

Alonso has narrowed the points gap to just two points after a strong run of recent performances, but Hamilton insists that it is the Spaniard who should feel under pressure.

“I feel I have nothing to lose,” he explained under grim skies at Fuji Speedway. “He is the one defending the world championship, so really he should have more pressure on him.”

But amid Alonso’s reportedly tumultuous relationship with the Woking based team, and rumours that he might switch to Ferrari or Renault at the end of the year, Hamilton says he has observed a change in the reigning world champion.

“I don’t know if he has unloaded a load of baggage and is not feeling any weight off the team or anything,” he said.

Hamilton added: “He seems to be quite happy in the team all of a sudden, or with himself at least.”

Hamilton says he used the two week gap since Belgium to focus on how his feeling for the McLaren single seater has changed in relation to Alonso.

“I have a feeling that this weekend will be a lot better than the previous few,” he told reporters.

“Usually Fernando and I have similar setups, and more often than not it is the setup I found from tests.

“(But) at the last race especially I went somewhere else on my setup, thinking it was the right way and we were wrong.”

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