Ferrari’s newest sign-up Fernando Alonso has claimed he is not expecting preferential treatment from his new employers, and claims he has never requested it from any of his previous teams.
One imagines his team-mate Felipe Massa is relieved to hear that!
The 2005 and 2006 champion also couldn’t resist the opportunity to have yet another pop at his former employers, McLaren, and suggested that Lewis Hamilton was given top billing by the team during their tense season with the team in 2007.
"I’m not saying to the team that I want to have anything better for me," Alonso told reporters gathered at Ferrari’s annual ski junket in Madonna di Campiglio.
"What I do is work 110 per cent with the team and if the team is not working 110 per cent too it’s not right. I’m a guy who will push everybody to do their best job possible, as their push me to do the best job possible.
"I never asked to be number one driver in any team in my career and that’s coming from nowhere, and keeps repeating again from a minority.
"But what I don’t want to be, for sure, is number two, like it happened sometimes in 2007," Alonso
moaned continued, with reference to his single season at McLaren.
Alonso also added that he is working well alongside his new team-mate Felipe Massa, despite their previous confrontations at the 2007 Spanish and European Grands Prix.
"I think we can be a very strong pairing. What happened in 2007 it was a race, we are competitive people, and again, this is the past."
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