Alonso still frustrated with treatment at McLaren

MADRID Sat Aug 25, 2007 6:25am EDT

McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives for the first practice at Istanbul Park racetrack in Istanbul August 24, 2007. The Turkish F1 Grand Prix race will be held in Istanbul on Sunday. REUTERS/Max Rossi

McLaren Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain arrives for the first practice at Istanbul Park racetrack in Istanbul August 24, 2007. The Turkish F1 Grand Prix race will be held in Istanbul on Sunday.

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MADRID (Reuters) - World champion Fernando Alonso has admitted that he still has problems with his McLaren team despite clearing the air with team mate and rival Lewis Hamilton.

"There was no war between us or anything of that sort," Alonso was quoted as saying in the Spanish media on Saturday.

"Logically we aren't the best of friends, but we respect each other. I don't have a problem with him and he doesn't have one with me and if one does have a problem it is with the team."

But the Spanish double world champion said he was frustrated at his treatment by the McLaren team and the fact that the expertise and experience he had brought to the outfit had not given him an edge.

"My belief is that last year McLaren were nowhere," he said.

"I remember how the car was going when I tested it in December and how it went in Australia.

"Those sixth tenths of a second that I have brought when I got in the car for the first time haven't been reflected at any time when we two drivers have been competing against each other.

"That is basically the quarrel I have had for the whole season but who doesn't have problems with their boss?"

Alonso, who won both his world championships with Renault, said he was unsure about his future at the team.

"I don't know where I will drive next year, it is impossible to know that. The only thing I am clear about is that I have a contract with McLaren and I can drive with them."

Alonso, who trails Hamilton by seven points in the championship with six races to go, will compete in his 100th grand prix in Istanbul on Sunday.

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