Everywhere I look, this has
attracted huge attention. I can only imagine Alonso and his managers intended to get a fairly big audience from the beginning by choosing an influential media (Cadena SER, or Sociedad Española de Radiodifusión which ranks at the top in terms of listeners). If you know Spanish, you can still listen to the interview at their website
, in a program called El Larguero: "Desde el primer momento no he estado cómodo en McLaren"
... and there's already a reply from Ron Dennis, too, assuring that his drivers get equal treatment
I don't quite know how Alonso and his managers think this will play in the long run, F1 management might be concerned that a sizable part of the audience might lose interest if the sport appears "unfair" to their particular idol and keep McLaren under the microscope. This is a double edged sword, of course, as Fernando is playing with actually eroding the base that is responsible for his marketability towards the sponsors who are interested in his primary target groups. He did leaf through some British papers while being interviewed which might've had him present his points with more force than he intended (his remarks veered into blanket statements, I wonder how a BBC journalist would view his opinion about Brit lack of "respect" in relation to Spanish media), but we'll never know.
In this day and age, media really has incredible reach. In the end, though, I'd be surprised and disappointed if this season got played out anywhere but in the races. It's not only Alonso that's being rattled by Hamilton's successes - each and every driver has had to process his effect on their career. Still, there are 22 cars on the track and one winner per race and in that situation it's futile to just have eyes for the new guy on the grid.
Predictably people have jumped on this on very many messageboards, so perhaps there's "no such thing as bad publicity" (I wonder how Bernie sees this...). Too bad this thing has apparently done no favors on the quality of the conversations. Good thing there's F1T.