Mar.11 (GMM) Bernie Ecclestone has refused to take McLaren's side over the espionage affair, or the British team's narrow failure to win the world championships in 2007.
In an interview with Germany's Sport-Informations-Dienst agency, the F1 chief executive refused to confirm claims that Fernando Alonso last year attempted to 'blackmail' his McLaren bosses with the famous spy emails."That is speculation," the 77-year-old F1 chief executive said."We don't know what he was promised when he left the (Renault) team. Maybe he was promised number one status (by McLaren) and it never happened," the Briton added.When asked if the Spaniard was right to split with the Mercedes-powered team at the end of last year, Ecclestone answered: "Yes, sure."Meanwhile, when Bernie was asked for his opinion about why Lewis Hamilton failed to win the drivers' title despite an earlier huge points lead, he argued: "That was the (fault of the) team, not him."