Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are definitely modern-day F1 legends. They have a total of 8 world championship titles between them. The two of them, while not being the greatest of friends at Mclaren, share certain common characteristics. Apart from being very good drivers, they were also very outspoken regarding off-track events. Former Red Bull driver, Mark Webber talks about some more shared characteristics between the two.
Mark Webber, made an appearance on the weekly F1 podcast ‘F1 Nation.’ Speaking about Lewis and Fernando, he said, “Fernando was good to race against, as was Lewis. Lewis was world-class. Lewis was clean, never desperate. That’s one thing I can’t forget about those two, they were just never desperate. They just had so much mind management, composure to fight against. Where I was flapping under the water, they were bloody, bloody handy. So it was great to race them.”
Webber also made a mention about his battles with Alonso. He stressed on the fact that they never touched wheels, during the 50-60 races they went up against each other. Webber also thinks his best move in F1 came against Alonso. He said, “I think it was in 2009 in Barcelona. It was a little sneaky one. So there was a restart in Barcelona, and Fernando did me on the start on the front straight, and then I dummied him back down the inside into turn one. I think that was technically the hardest move I pulled.”
Webber concludes by picking Hamilton to win the 2020 championship.
After 6 consecutive world championship titles for Lewis, he is definitely the frontrunner to retain the title. However, He’ll have to be wary of Max Verstappen and Red Bull, who’ll be looking to take full advantage of the back to back Austrian Grand Prix’s. It is shaping up to be an interesting season and F1 fans will be hoping for a closer title race this time around.