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Fernando Alonso

Alonso clarifies why not being British makes life more difficult for Verstappen

The two-time F1 world champion has explained what he meant when he said Max Verstappen will always have a more difficult time when racing against a British driver.

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Fernando Alonso believes there is a British bias in Formula 1 which is making things more difficult for Max Verstappen in his title fight against Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso, who was previously Hamilton's teammate at McLaren in 2007 in another fierce championship battle, has previously said "Verstappen is not British so it will always be more difficult for him" and that "he probably felt what the Red Bull driver is experiencing now". The Alpine driver has explained those comments.

"I have the impression always, when things get a little bit spicy or tense in the title fight, this sport, it is a British environment," Alonso told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press.

"The teams they are British, most of the journalists and media attention, TV crews, everyone comes from the UK."

The battle between Hamilton and Verstappen came to a crux when they collided at Silverstone at high speed. Alonso feels that he was made to look like the "bad guy" when up against Hamilton and understands what Verstappen is going through.

"Understandably, there is a little bit of preference on the guy from your country that can be competitive and keep winning," said Alonso.

"It is what I felt when I was racing and it seems like I was the bad guy in Formula 1 when I was trying to fight against, normally British guys.

"When I saw the Silverstone thing [the collision involving Verstappen and Hamilton] or when I see Verstappen get some questions et cetera, I understand his position for sure."

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