In recent days it seems to have been 'open house' on McLaren, and although no charge of any kind has involved Lewis Hamilton, it must have been hard indeed for any rookie driver, even the most impressive in memory, to have been unaffected by the tumultuous events of the recent past.
That said, Fernando Alonso has been apparently untouched - and that does take a bit of understanding. For some little time, one watched his behaviour in and around the McLaren motorhome, and thought him an isolated figure, sticking with his little coterie - father, manager, Spanish journalists - and paying no attention to anyone else around him. A strange way to behave, but then one has come increasingly to regard Alonso as a very strange man.
There is nothing new in a poor team atmosphere, with the drivers not getting along - one thinks of Alan Jones and Carlos Reutemann at Williams, overwhelmingly of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna at McLaren - but usually a situation like that is overt.
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