INDIANAPOLIS, June 14 - Championship-leading rookie Lewis Hamilton said on
Thursday that his stunning success was creating some tension between him and
McLaren team mate Fernando Alonso.
"I doubt he expected me to do as well as I am but I don't know that's why
he's saying what he's saying," Hamilton told a U.S. Grand Prix news conference
when asked about a recent suggestion by Alonso that the team favoured the
"He's the two-time world champion but he hasn't been really challenged by
someone as close as me and as good a friend off the track, so it is a very
difficult situation," added the 22-year-old.
Hamilton won last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, his first Formula One
victory, while Alonso finished seventh. The rookie now leads the Spaniard by
eight points after six rounds and could stretch that further in Sunday's race at
Alonso told Spain's Cadena Ser radio this week that he was uneasy with the
euphoria surrounding Hamilton at the team and felt the Briton, who has reached
the podium in all six of his starts, was receiving more support.
McLaren chief Ron Dennis dismissed any suggestion of favouritism and Hamilton
said he believed both drivers were being treated equally by the British-based
"I find it strange what he said, because I feel ever since he joined the
team, the team has been extremely motivated to push us both towards winning,"
"Ron and the other guys on the team have been working very hard to make sure
we have equal opportunity.
"I don't see why he would say that but I guess because he is Spanish and I am
English, he might feel that way but I don't agree with it personally."