Former McLaren F1 team mechanic Mark Priestley claims Fernando Alonso once handed out brown envelopes full of cash, so he preferred to be in his garage rather than Lewis Hamilton.
Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were teammates for just a year, but the partnership irritated each other.
With Lewis Hamilton making his F1 debut as a rookie and Fernando Alonso establishing himself as a two-time world champion, future seven-time world champion Hailton should fill a role second only to Alonso. Case.
The rift between the two culminated when Fernando Alonso deliberately stayed out of the pits to delay Lewis Hamilton’s qualifying attack for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix.
But it became clear that the dirty tactics weren’t limited to the track.
McLaren mechanic-turned-media Mark Priestley told PitStop that Fernando Alonso once handed him a brown envelope containing €1,500.
“One of Fernando’s tactics is to lure the whole team to his side of the garage. He tries to struggle with control,” 45-year-old Mark Praestley said.
“In 2007, Fernando showed up for the race and when I arrived Fernando’s manager or trainer was handing out little brown envelopes full of cash to everyone who wasn’t in Lewis’s car.
“His team, his support team, I was leading the T Carr team, and I remember we all got this little brown envelope and opened the envelope. It had like €1,500 in it.”
“It was very dangerous. First I got a brown envelope with nothing written on it. It was like, ‘Thank you so much for that. What is it?” She was full.”
“I started looking around and all my colleagues started asking ‘Did you open it?
“Suddenly it started to become clear what happened here. He was trying to get support. For example, people were working to support his side in this fierce battle.”
However, the tactic backfired when the McLaren F1 team discovered it and forced the recipient to donate the money to charity.
“You could say it was a smart tactic, but in the end the team found out and donated the entire amount to charity. It was good, it was a little taste of two different states of mind.”
“Lewis did different things too. Lewis played a little game with the media. They all did it wrong and they did it right. None of us are perfect, but we are becoming the best drivers in F1 They were different in the way they implemented their strategies for 2019. They both had great results, they had their own methods and they were very different approaches.”
F1 veterans Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso now look like best friends. Alonso blamed Hamilton on the radio after his accident at Spa, but received a signed Mercedes cap from Hamilton for a reconciliation photo.