World champion Fernando Alonso has revealed he has not been feeling totally comfortable at the McLaren team since he joined the British squad earlier this year.
The Spaniard switched from Renault to McLaren for this season, and he was joined by Briton Lewis Hamilton, who has enjoyed a sensational start to his rookie Formula One season.
Hamilton's success has somewhat overshadowed two-time champion Alonso, especially in the British media, where his teammate has been hailed as the new sensation, more so following his maiden victory in Canada last weekend.
Alonso says he has never felt 100 per cent comfortable at McLaren, but he admits he expected such a situation when Hamilton was confirmed as his teammate.
"Well, right from the start I've never felt totally comfortable," Alonso told his country's Cadena Ser in a radio interview on Monday night.
"I have a British teammate in a British team, and he's doing a great job and we know that all the support and help is going to him and I understood that from the beginning.
"But I'm not complaining. I've won two races out of six and I've finished on the podium four times and I have those 40 points that will allow me to fight for the title in the end," added the Spaniard, who was read the headlines of the major British newspapers during the radio show.
"I'm totally indifferent to that," he said, referring the British media hailing Hamilton. "Those are the same journalists and newspapers that, if the safety car had come out on lap 23 instead of lap 24 when Hamilton didn't have enough fuel for another lap, would not have been able to say anything.
"The Spanish press has more respect than the British one."
The Spaniard is eight points behind Hamilton after the first six races of the season, but the double world champion says he is staying calm.
"I'm calm, I'm fine, but I know there's a certain impatience to return to the top and dominate," Alonso added. "But I'm second in the championship, I'm eight points behind. I would be worse if I were at Renault, or Honda or any other team.
"At the moment I am where I expected to be and with a clear chance of winning the title in Brazil, and not now, in the sixth race."