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Alonso “purchased” mechanics “in opposition to” Hamilton; find out




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Fernando Alonso handed twice McLarenwith the primary spell lasting only one 12 months and the second 4 seasons, from 2015 to 2018. In 2007, his first 12 months with the English staff, Alonso had as his teammate a younger British rookie, the so-called Lewis Hamilton. The Spaniard arrived with the bags of 5 full seasons method 1whereas Hamilton was nonetheless a promise.

Although it solely lasted a 12 months, the partnership between the 2 was strained as Hamilton rose to prominence. At this, Alonso obtained irritated and tried to please the mechanics staff with cash in order that they want him greater than Hamilton.

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In an interview for the podcast pit ceaseformer McLaren mechanic Mark Priestley mentioned he even obtained a brown envelope with roughly €1,500 inside.

“One of Fernando’s techniques is to attempt to get the entire staff on his aspect of the storage. He tries to combat for management.

“There was a time in 2007 when Fernando turned up at a race and I arrived and Fernando’s supervisor or his coach was handing out little brown envelopes full of cash to everybody who wasn’t in Luis’ automotive.

“So his staff, the help staff, I used to be managing the t-car staff, all of us obtained these little brown envelopes and I bear in mind opening the envelope and it was like €1,500 or one thing.

“It was so unfair, first you decide up an unmarked brown envelope and I’m like ‘thanks a lot what’s this’ and the coach walks away and also you decide this factor up and also you open it up and it is actually full of cash.

“You begin trying round and all of your friends are like, ‘Did you open yours?’ How a lot did he get? And swiftly it began to unfold all through the staff and the one individuals who did not get it had been Louis’ staff.

“Suddenly we begin to notice what occurred right here, he is searching for help, he is making an attempt to encourage, as an instance, individuals to help his aspect on this intense battle that they have been in.”

“On the one hand you may say it was a intelligent tactic, however in the long run the staff clearly obtained it and made us donate all the things to charity, which was good, but it surely was a little bit of an perception into the 2 completely different mindsets.”

“Lewis did various things, Lewis performed little video games with the media, all of them did issues flawed and proper, none of us are good, however the way in which they went about their technique to be the most effective driver in F1 was completely different, and so they each achieved nice issues .. outcomes, in several methods, however they had been very completely different approaches.’

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