Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley says Fernando Alonso was giving cash to mechanics to “bring the whole team over to his side of the garage”, while Lewis Hamilton was his team-mate.
Lewis Hamilton made his Formula 1 debut in 2007, and his team-mate at the time was two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.
It didn’t take long for the two drivers to start clashing on the track and off it. The season-long battle between them has split the team and in the end they finished the season equal on points.
Former McLaren mechanic Marc Priestley now reveals Alonso used some ‘dodgy’ tactics to get the team to rally behind him.
“One of Fernando’s tactics is to try and bring the whole team over to his side of the garage,” the Briton said on the Pitstop podcast.
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“And Fernando’s manager, or his trainer, is handing out little brown envelopes stuffed with cash to everybody who wasn’t on Lewis’ car.
“We all got these little brown envelopes and I remember opening up the envelope.”
Asked how much money he was giving out, Priestley said “it was like 1,500 euros or something”.
It has to be noted that Alonso previously said he was giving out bonuses to his team members as a sign of gratitude for their work.