Fernando Alonso Makes a Brutally Honest Revelation Regarding Lewis Hamilton Relationship

Published 11/17/2021, 10:59 AM EST
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)

Back in 2007, McLaren fielded one of the ‘spiciest’ lineups for the season. Fresh from back-to-back titles, Fernando Alonso joined the outfit. In the other garage was a fresh-faced rookie driver called Lewis Hamilton. In all honesty, ‘spicy’ was a massive understatement, because their rivalry was fierce and bitter.

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Now, the two of them have since mellowed down and developed some mutual respect. However, Alonso recently talked about his relationship with Hamilton and made some surprising revelations. He said, “We talked in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and we were closer than ever in those years because we understood that in 2007 we were not very well managed by our bosses.”

The Spanish veteran confessed that at that time, they were both young and competitive. There was also a need for guidance, but they never quite got it from the Woking outfit. Of course, their relationship in 2007 was not very rosy, in fact it was fierce and bitter. Later on, when they were in different teams, that relationship changed for the better. In fact, the duo soon began to respect each other.

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Fernando Alonso believes now his relationship with Lewis Hamilton is ‘colder’?

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He continued, “Now we have this respectful relationship, but maybe it is colder than it used to be. We have different opinions on different things. Lewis has a different lifestyle to many of us and that separates us.”

Currently, the Mercedes superstar and 7-time F1 champion is campaigning for a record 8th title. However, this year he faces his stiffest battle till date, as Red Bull and Max Verstappen have really stepped up to the plate. Admittedly, some of their battles have ended controversially, case in point the recently concluded Brazilian Grand Prix.

Formula One F1 – United States Grand Prix – Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, U.S. – October 23, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso in action during qualifying REUTERS/Mike Blake

However, the Briton and the Dutchman should be mature enough to keep their dogfight on the track. Meanwhile. Fernando Alonso will simply be content with sitting back and watching the sparks fly. He knows that he does not have a hope in hell to challenge for a title again, but he can try his best to develop the Alpine car.

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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