F1 Director Delivers His Verdict on Lewis Hamilton’s ‘Moaning’ Against Fernando Alonso at Hungary

Published 08/02/2021, 9:07 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 22: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 22, 2018 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


The Hungarian Grand Prix featured a good number of battles as drivers zipped around the track. One, in particular, was between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso. The seven-time world champion was fighting against his former teammate and prevailed as he gained his third position.

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F1 CEO, Ross Brawn was quite impressed with the Spaniard and thinks that Hamilton had nothing to complain about.

Ross Brawn hails Fernando Alonso after a brilliant performance

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Looking back at the Hungarian GP, Brawn holds the two-times world champion in high regard. He wrote, “And then there was the battle royale between Fernando and Lewis. I’m glad Fernando won Driver of the Day, because I want to give him my vote as well. It was a great performance. One of the Alpine drivers was going to get this award and it probably swung from Esteban to Fernando with that battle.”

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Alpine’s Esteban Ocon celebrates with teammate Fernando Alonso after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga

On Hamilton’s complaints over the radio, Brawn added, “What you see when Fernando is involved in F1 are incredibly tough battles but you always know he is going to be fair. I know Lewis was moaning a bit at one stage about Fernando’s defence, but I didn’t think it was a problem.

“Fernando was tough and fair and always gave just about enough space, which is what you have to do. It was a brilliant battle and hopefully a taste of what is to come in the second half of the season,” Brawn concluded.

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Hamilton acknowledges how good Alonso is behind the wheel

F1 fans were over the moon when they saw the Mercedes driver hunt down Alonso for third place. The Alpine driver wasn’t going to let Lewis pass so easily, and defended against the Briton quite well. However, Hamilton found the gap he needed and overtook his former teammate.

After the conquered flag concluded the Hungarian GP, the seven-time world champion recognized how much of a threat Alonso was and stated that he is really difficult to get past.

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He said, “That was a really great battle. I knew when I was approaching him, I was like, this is going to be the hardest, because he’s very, very tough, I would say probably one of the toughest drivers to overtake.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action REUTERS/David W Cerny

“It was very much on the limit slightly over it at some points, but wheel to wheel racing is good, and I’m sure if I watch it back, it will just be close, and we both finished, so that’s how racing should be,” Hamilton concluded.

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Now with the summer break on, the next time these two world champions face each other is at the Belgium GP. Fans can’t wait to see them battle each other as they go around Spa at the end of August.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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