During this weekend’s 2011 Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Alonso stated to the media that he believes Hamilton is the only driver that can win a championship title without the best car.
In response, Hamilton also returned the compliment while stating that it was nice to have other drivers on the grid that supported him, especially in the current season, which the young Brit concedes is the worst in his short F1 career.
The rivalry between the two drivers dates back to when Hamilton first started racing in F1. However, it was exacerbated significantly when the two were both driving for McLaren back in 2007, with Alonso believing Hamilton was favored by the British-based team and subsequently quitting to rejoin Renault.
The comments are interesting as Alonso, arguably, is one of the only drivers on the track to show consistent performance and the ability to win races with multiple teams’ cars.
Last year the Spaniard lost the title to Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel by just four points and this year he’s also third in the standings. Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile, is fifth although there’s only 25 points separating the two.
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