Alonso could not cope with equal teammate - Hamilton

Fernando Alonso suspected McLaren were sabotaging his car in 2007 because he could not accept that his teammate had equal talent, according to Lewis Hamilton. The reigning world champion was reflecting on his acrimonious tenure alongside the ...

Fernando Alonso suspected McLaren were sabotaging his car in 2007 because he could not accept that his teammate had equal talent, according to Lewis Hamilton.

The reigning world champion was reflecting on his acrimonious tenure alongside the Spaniard two years ago in conversation with Alex Zanardi for a feature in the Italian magazine Sportweek.

Asked about why Alonso, who will be paired with Felipe Massa at Ferrari next year, could not cope at McLaren, Hamilton told Zanardi: "As a driver, and this applies to Fernando as well as myself, you always have to believe that you're the best.

"So when I showed that I was at his level, he thought the problem had to be the car rather than himself," the Briton added.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Alex Zanardi , Felipe Massa
Teams Ferrari , McLaren