Mercedes Boss Places Lewis Hamilton’s Arch Nemesis In the Same League As Him & Michael Schumacher

Published 01/22/2023, 1:50 PM EST
NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JULY 15: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on as the prototype for the 2022 F1 season is unveiled during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on July 15, 2021 in Northampton, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

With 103 wins under his belt, Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the greatest drivers in Formula 1. If anyone anywhere has to be close to him, it has to be Michael Schumacher. However, who takes the third spot after Hamilton and Schumacher? Toto Wolff reveals.

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff recently opened up on his top three F1 drivers of all time and, to everyone’s surprise, it was none other than Hamilton’s long-time nemesis, Fernando Alonso. Yes, the Mercedes executive believes the current Aston Martin driver is the third greatest driver in the sport.

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As per Eurosport Turkey, the Silver Arrows team principal shared, “Fernando Alonso is one of the top 3 drivers ever in Formula 1. The other two are Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher.” [Translated from Turkish using Google translator]

Both Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher have seven Formula 1 world titles each, as compared to them Alonso has two which he picked up back in 2005 and 2006. When it comes to titles, Ayrton Senna or Sebastian Vettel have more titles than the Spaniard. Since the choice was shocking to some, in the end, it all comes down to personal preference.

Lewis Hamilton vs. Fernando Alonso – arch nemesis for decades

Formula 1 was all about Fernando Alonso when the British prodigy joined McLaren back in 2007. It was just about the time when the Spanish driver joined the British team after winning back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006 with Renault.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 9, 2021 Alpine’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice

As the new member of the team, partnering with the two-time and reigning world champion, Hamilton started his F1 journey against the tide. However, the current Mercedes star was in no mood to let the competition go.

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Right from the first race, the Briton showed no signs of slowing down as he gave Alonso a run for his money. As the rivalry started, it stayed on until the end of the season, with both Hamilton and Alonso finishing the season on identical 109 points.

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The rivalry that started in 2007 is still on to this day. In between the years, Hamilton managed to pick up seven world titles after some decent stints at McLaren and then in Mercedes and hence being in a place to edge Michael Schumacher out. Whereas Fernando Alonso is still the driver with two world championships.

Where does Alonso appear in your all-time greatest drivers list? Let us know in the comments.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 and NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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