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Dennis: no preferential treatment at McLaren 13 Jun 2007

Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 9 June 2007 Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22 crosses the line to win.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Canadian Grand Prix, Race, Montreal, Canada, Sunday, 10 June 2007

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has moved to quell media speculation that the team is favouring Lewis Hamilton over world champion Fernando Alonso. It follows comments attributed to Alonso in the Spanish press, suggesting that he does not yet feel totally at home with his new team.

“It's completely understandable that the results of each Grand Prix are going to provide both the British and the Spanish media with an opportunity to hang on every word that the drivers say,” Dennis told McLaren’s official website. “And sometimes quotes are taken out of context which can put a completely different spin on an innocent remark.

“The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team is made up by extremely passionate and competitive people and there is a healthy competition between the teams working on each car - this is inevitable and there is no issue with that.

“However I can categorically state once again that both drivers have equal equipment, equal support and equal opportunity to win within the team and both Fernando and Lewis know and support this. Fernando's comments when read carefully are correct; he hasn't been with the team long and the relationship can only continue to develop. The team is not going to do anything to jeopardise this positive and growing partnership.”

McLaren have dominated the 2007 season to date and Hamilton currently heads the drivers’ championship from Alonso, 48 points to 40.