Trulli takes pop at Renault

Jarno Trulli believes team-mate Fernando Alonso is getting preferential treatment at Renault since the team announced the Italian would be leaving at the end of the season

Trulli takes pop at Renault

Trulli, who is being replaced by Giancarlo Fisichella next year, put Alonso in the shade in the first half of the season, but he now claims that in recent races he has become the victim of a deliberate policy to make the Spaniard look better than him.

The Italian claims that his races have been compromised by unusual strategies and that his latest chassis is inferior and one that is usually set aside for testing.

"When you are not staying to drive for the team, then they probably want to prove that their choice was well made - and so probably they can do anything," he told Autosport magazine. "This is a feeling I have. The facts will never come out.

"Everybody was looking and waiting for Fernando to catch up until the time I started discussing my contract. And then the performance of the car began to drop off. It was very strange. The performance was not coming, despite maximum effort from me."

However, Renault's engineering chief Pat Symonds has strongly refuted Trulli's claims and insists the team has treated both drivers equally for the entire season.

"I categorically deny that," he said. "My interest is in finishing second in the constructors' series."

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