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It’s McLaren vs McLaren

india Updated: Sep 28, 2007 23:20 IST
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Lewis Hamilton launched a fresh verbal broadside at team-mate Fernando Alonso in Japan on Friday when he accused the Spaniard of not showing enough loyalty to their McLaren team.

The British driver said the team had made every effort to make the Spaniard welcome but he had repaid them by refusing to attend the World Motor Sport Council hearing in Paris this month when McLaren faced charges of spying.

“The team have gone out of their way,” said Hamilton, who leads Alonso by two points ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix in Japan.

“Fernando has been the world champion coming into the team, especially at the beginning of the season he's the guy that's supposed to take them to the championship, and they've bent over backwards to make him feel comfortable.

He said on Friday that he believes Alonso's conduct has lost him respect within the McLaren garage and claims he now commands greater support within the team.

“Since what's gone on in the last few weeks they've realised who the real people are in the team and who they really should back,” he added.

"I feel my bond with the team is even stronger."

The rookie admits that he has been forced to change his opinion of Alonso.

“You try to understand these people but then the whole idea of what sort of person they are is completely miles out of the ball park,” he said.

Alonso has said he will need the full support of McLaren if he is to claim a hat-trick of championships following his back-to-back triumphs with Renault.

“Winning a world championship is a job that is done by everybody, from the first to the last mechanic, not only here in the track but also in the factory,” said Alonso.

“If we win or if we lose, it will be everybody's job.” he added.

Alonso also rejected a claim by team principal Ron Dennis that they have not spoken since the race in Hungary last month but insisted his focus was on the remaining three races.

“That was not true. Again, that is not very important,” added the Spaniard.