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Alonso alleges Hamilton 'favouritism'

Published: 7:30AM Wednesday June 13, 2007 Source: Reuters

Double world champion Fernando Alonso said on Wednesday he felt a little uneasy with the euphoria surrounding McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton's impressive start in Formula One.

Briton Hamilton celebrated his first Formula One victory on Monday, keeping his cool to win a chaotic Canadian Grand Prix and take an eight point lead over Alonso in the world championship after six races.

"From the first moment I wasn't completely comfortable with everything (at McLaren). I am in an English team, with an English team mate, who is doing brilliantly," Alonso told Spanish radio station Cadena Ser.

"We knew all the help and support would be for him. It is something I understand and I don't complain.

"I have won two races from six, have had four podium finishes and have earned 40 points. I will definitely be challenging for the title again at the end of the year."

When asked if he felt some of the mechanics in the team celebrated Hamilton's successes more than his, Alonso said: "I have sensed it a little, but I understand it, it's an English team."

The 25-year-old went on to shrug off the British media's ecstatic reaction to Hamilton's victory in Canada.

"I am indifferent to it. We know how they are and luckily the Spanish press have a little more respect than their English counterparts," he added.

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