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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 September 2007, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Alonso has confidence in McLaren
By Andrew Benson
at Spa-Francorchamps

Fernando Alonso
Alonso believes his titles should make him McLaren's number one
Fernando Alonso does not think McLaren will help team-mate Lewis Hamilton win the world championship at his expense.

Alonso's future at the team is in doubt after it emerged he threatened to leak information about Formula One's spy scandal to governing body the FIA.

FIA president Max Mosley says he will look to sanction any attempt by McLaren to impede the 25-year-old Spaniard.

But the double world champion insists he is happy and believes the team will not deliberately undermine him.

"They always said they would do the best they can to help both drivers win races and the championship," said Alonso, who currently trails Britain's Hamilton by three points with four races remaining.

Alonso's relationship with team boss Ron Dennis is under severe strain as a result of a bust-up on the morning of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

That was the day after the controversial qualifying session that led to Alonso being dumped from pole to sixth on the grid after being found guilty of deliberately blocking Hamilton.

I want to have positive relationships with my drivers, but it's difficult sometimes

Ron Dennis

During the argument, the reigning world champion disclosed he had email evidence in the spy scandal that could potentially prove damaging to the team.

It is reported Alonso threatened to use such information unless he was granted number one driver status ahead of Hamilton.

Dennis is said to have called his bluff, telling Alonso to go ahead, at which point, it is claimed, Dennis then phoned Mosley himself, effectively handing his team in to the FIA.

In a media briefing on Saturday morning, Dennis sought to play down the ramifications of the row in Hungary.

He said Alonso had been in an "emotional" state during their conversation but soon calmed down.

"Half an hour later, Fernando's manager came back and said he was sorry, that Fernando had been angry and wanted to retract everything he'd said and that it was a load of old rubbish," said Dennis.

606: DEBATE

"So I picked up the phone again and called the FIA to keep them up to date."

Dennis added that Alonso himself came to see him after the race and they agreed to put the whole episode behind them.

"My job is to win the world championship," said Dennis.

"It's not for people to love and hug me. If I have difficult relationships with people, I have difficult relationships.

"You don't take your guns out and shoot them every which way. We are here to win races.

"I want to have positive relationships with my drivers, but it's difficult sometimes.

"But I am not going to say things that are detrimental to the interests of this team.

"I will not disclose the exact nature of the conversation I had with Fernando. I moved on with the intention of trying to win races, and that is what I intend to still do."

Alonso has refused to comment about the row in Hungary.

We are not negotiating with anybody and our plan is to continue here

Fernando Alonso's agent

Asked about it on Saturday after qualifying third behind the Ferraris, he said: "Everybody speaks, everybody speculates, and we are here racing. We first talk about racing.

"If Ron said something it is because he wanted [to]. If Max said something it is because he wanted [to]. I am a racing driver and I will answer questions about driving."

Asked if he thought McLaren would deliberately attempt to damage Alonso's chances of winning the title, Mosley said: "I hope not.

"If McLaren try to do something against one of their drivers, we will call them back to Paris."

Alonso's manager has already insisted Alonso intended to stay at McLaren next season despite claims his relationship with the team had broken down so badly as to become untenable.

"We have an agreement. We are not negotiating with anybody and our plan is to continue here," Luis Garcia told BBC Sport.

Asked if the Spaniard was happy to honour his three-year deal, Garcia added: "He has to."



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