Fernando Alonso Clears the Air Around His Rift With Lewis Hamilton at McLaren in 2007

Published 07/11/2021, 8:25 AM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 18: 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 United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 18, 2018 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso were teammates at McLaren back in 2007. The former was just a rookie then, while his Spanish teammate had two world titles in his bag.

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A notable moment in the duo’s history was at the Hungarian GP. The Spaniard stayed in the pits for a longer period, so that his rookie teammate couldn’t set a proper time during qualifying.

However, the 39-year-old cleared up the air with his relationship with his former teammate and states both have high regard for each other.

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Fernando Alonso looks at McLaren days with Lewis Hamilton

The two-time world champion did secure pole but was given a time penalty for his actions during the qualifying rounds. In the end, it was Hamilton who saw the checkered flag in the first place, while Alonso had to settle for fifth place.

In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE, Alonso was asked about what happened during his days at the Hungarian Grand Prix, and his rookie teammate, Hamilton.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 22: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP (L) and Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 (R) 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)

Alonso replied, “Nothing. I changed the tires and I hardly have time. I passed the finish line with a second.” (Translated via Google Translate)

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The Spaniard believes the past should be put to rest

The Alpine driver doesn’t have any bad blood with his former teammate and has stated both have massive respect for each other on and off track. Furthermore, Alonso mentioned that the differences between them had more to do with the team than with Hamilton.

He said, “Nothing happened with Hamilton.

“It was more with the team, with which we had our differences. He believed some things that the team gave him and stopped giving. I believed some things that the team gave me and stopped giving me. And we did not understand each other.

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Mclaren Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Fernando Alonso of Spain appear at the drivers press conference during previews prior to the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at the Autodromo Interlagos in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

The next time we see these two former teammates race each other is at the British Grand Prix, coming up next weekend. Can the two ex-McLaren drivers put on a good fight at Silverstone?

Well, we are just a week away from finding our answers. But what are your predictions for the tenth round of the 2021 championship? Let us know in the comments below.

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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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