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Alonso seeks to help topple Hamilton

Alonso seeks to help topple Hamilton
Eurosport - Tue, 14 Oct 17:29:00 2008

Fernando Alonso has said he will do what he can to help Ferrari's Felipe Massa beat Lewis Hamilton to the Formula One title after winning the last two grands prix for Renault.

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"Yes, without doubt. If I can help, I will help Massa," the double world champion told Spanish newspapers after Sunday's victory in Japan.

Alonso, whose win at Fuji came two weeks after his surprise triumph in Singapore, fell out with championship leader Hamilton in an ill-fated 2007 season alongside the Briton at McLaren.

The Spaniard, who has been persistently linked to an eventual move to Ferrari, could become a factor in this year's title showdown if he continues to challenge for the podium in the remaining two races.

The 27-year-old has now scored more points (35) than any other driver in the six races since the German Grand Prix in July. Hamilton has taken 26 and Massa 25 in the same period.

Hamilton is five points clear of Brazilian Massa, whose team-mate and world champion Kimi Raikkonen is now out of contention, with only this weekend's race in China and the season-ender in Brazil still to come.

Massa, a favourite to win his home race in Sao Paulo, ideally needs a Ferrari one-two in Shanghai with Alonso rounding out the podium to make the necessary inroads into Hamilton's tally.

BMW-Sauber's Robert Kubica is the third man left in the title hunt, 12 points off Hamilton - and before the race criticised the Briton's driving style.

Raikkonen returned to the podium on Sunday for the first time since Hungary in August, ending a run of four races without a point, but many Brazilians suspect he may not be Massa's strongest ally on the racetrack.

Alonso and resurgent Renault may be of more assistance.

"We are now maybe just behind Ferrari and McLaren and this is completely amazing," said the Spaniard, whose team were struggling just to score points at the start of the year.

In the same news conference at Fuji, his enduring hostility towards McLaren and Hamilton was evident when the top three drivers were asked whether it was right for the Briton to have been handed a drive-through penalty for his start.

"I agree," Alonso said immediately, while Kubica and Raikkonen both said they did not have a clear enough picture to comment.

"I don't know what he did," the race winner said later. "But it's good he's punished anyway."

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I have enjoyed watching Alonso drive this year.

He reminds me so much of Nigel Mansell. Fearless, ultra competitive, hugely exciting to watch and a born winner. He also seems to have inherited Nigel's balanced view about F1life clearly having a chip on both shoulders. Or has he?

Hamilton has clearly unnerved Fernando.

Prior to the start of last year's Championship I remember David Coulthard expressing concerns that the exciting but untried F1 rookie Hamilton could be irretrievably damaged by being measured against the brilliance of a reigning double world champion who seemed all set to go on and add a further title to his collection.

Championship over and the rookie has beaten his team leader on the track and in the team to the extent that the team leader felt compelled to blackmail the team principal in an attempt to secure his number one status. Newly signed team leader exits left in disgrace. Seen off by a rookie.

Frankly its no wonder Alonso hates Hamilton is it? Alonso was the man who had beaten Schumacher on the track not once but twice. McLaren would have given him the chance to add at least two further World Championships. It was all going so well.

Instead he gets whipped by the rookie, disgraced in the team and his reputation tarnished he is forced to go back and drive an uncompetitive car. Meanwhile his cocky nemesis challenges for another championship.

I can understand Alonso's bitterness but he should keep it to himself and use it as a force to drive himself to greater things. The fact is he met his match in Hamilton and he cannot accept it. Whinging just makes him look small and pathetic which is sad because Fernando Alonso is a great racing driver and worthy champion.
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