Lewis Hamilton reacts to Fernando Alonso feedback about worth of his seven titles

Lewis Hamilton & Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have been McLaren team-mates in 2007

Lewis Hamilton has reacted to his previous rival Fernando Alonso questioning the worth of a few of his championships.

The Spaniard mentioned in an interview with the Netherlands’ Telegraaf this week {that a} championship has “much less worth whenever you’ve solely needed to struggle along with your team-mate”.

Hamilton then posted an image on social media from 2007, when he and Alonso have been McLaren team-mates, with him on prime of a podium and Alonso second.

The seven-time champion posted a thumbs up image with the {photograph}.

Hamilton mentioned after Sunday’s Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix: “I haven’t got quite a bit to say about it. It does make me giggle just a little bit.

“I’ve tried to be actually respectful through the years and whenever you’ve ever requested me about who has been one of the best driver (I’ve raced towards), I’ve all the time tried to provide reward.

“However it’s undoubtedly fascinating to see the feedback made, however it would not actually matter.”

Earlier than these feedback, Alonso had tried to scale back the affect of his feedback with a publish on Twitter on Saturday.

He wrote: “Please, all of the titles are wonderful, nicely deserved and galvanizing. Incomparable to one another and let’s get pleasure from champions and legends of our present time.

“Uninterested in the continual seek for headlines. Let’s get pleasure from them.”

Hamilton made his debut in F1 in 2007 and he and Alonso staged an in depth and generally bitter struggle. Each ended up shedding out to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by a single level.

On the finish of the season, Hamilton and Alonso have been tied on factors and each had 4 wins, however Hamilton was declared forward within the championship by advantage of getting extra second locations.

Hamilton’s Twitter publish was a response to the social media response to Alonso’s interview, wherein he in contrast his personal two world titles in 2005 and 2006 with these of Max Verstappen this 12 months and final, towards Hamilton’s record-equalling seven.

Alonso mentioned: “This 12 months Max could be very dominant and in some unspecified time in the future he was capable of cruise to the world title. Final season it was totally different. I believed he outperformed Lewis in the long run and I believe he’s a worthy champion.

“I even have lots of respect for Lewis. Nonetheless, it is totally different whenever you win seven world titles, whenever you’ve solely needed to struggle along with your team-mate.

“Then I believe {that a} championship has much less worth than when you have fewer titles however you’ve needed to compete towards different drivers with equal and even higher materials.

“In 2005 and 2006, I had a very good begin to the 12 months and I used to be capable of create a lead. Then others might have had a greater automobile, however I used to be capable of handle that hole.

“I by no means needed to struggle with my team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella to win the title. I additionally did not see Max struggle Sergio Perez or Alex Albon to win races.

“However [Michael] Schumacher primarily fought along with his team-mate Rubens Barrichello to turn into champion 5 instances in a row and Hamilton with Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas. That is totally different, I believe.”

Alonso’s feedback are a questionable interpretation of a number of the titles received by Schumacher and Hamilton.

Schumacher and Ferrari dominated in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and the German driver had solely his team-mate to beat, however in 2003 he had an in depth struggle with McLaren’s Raikkonen and Williams’ Juan Pablo Montoya.

And whereas it’s a honest remark to say Mercedes have been unbeatable from 2014 to 2016 and in 2019-20, in 2017 and 2018 the Ferrari was arguably the faster automobile for almost all of each seasons.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s led the championship for a lot of each of these years, just for his title marketing campaign to be undermined by errors from each driver and staff, in addition to issues with reliability and shedding the event warfare late within the 12 months.

Hamilton’s Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff mentioned after the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix: “[Alonso]’s a teaser. Comedy, it creates headlines. The game is about headlines, they’re nice champions. Alonso likes to throw one in. I do not assume it bothers Lewis a millimetre.”

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