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10/07/07
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McLaren situation makes title bid ’not easy’ - Alonso
Fernando Alonso said on Sunday that he feels the world championship is going to be "impossible" for him to win without another miracle in Brazil.

Alonso's second place in Shanghai means that the drivers' title will now be decided in two weeks in Brazil; but only because his McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton accidentally beached his car in the gravel.

The Spaniard, 26, has been hinting all weekend that - despite his bosses' constant avowals of equality - he is facing a tough time in terms of enjoying the right kind of support to lift a third consecutive crown.

"I still need something really dramatic if I want to win. With a normal race, it will be impossible," he told international reporters immediately after the race when asked about the upcoming season finale.

Back in the paddock, he suggested even more obviously that he has lost the support of the team, who now only want Hamilton to win.

Asked about negative comments he made about Ron Dennis on Saturday afternoon, Alonso said: "He was the first one to say that he was not speaking with me and things like that. From that point, I understood that the championship was not going to be easy for me."

Obviously some in the Chinese crowd were unimpressed with Alonso's overnight outbursts, as they displayed signs in the grandstands including one that read: "Hamilton - English. McLaren - English. Alonso - childish".

But even Dennis, barely mentioning Alonso's drive to second place, seemed not to hide whose side he was on in China, where scoring two more points than Alonso would have secured the championship for Hamilton.

"We weren't at all fazed about Kimi; we didn't care about Kimi; we weren't racing Kimi; he (Lewis) was racing Fernando," the team boss said.

"Kimi winning and Lewis coming second was adequate -- but it just didn't work out that way."
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