“You’re Not the Sun”- Wolff Reveals Why Lewis Hamilton is Much Superior to Fernando Alonso

Published 11/01/2021, 2:54 AM EDT
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)


What is the first thing that usually comes to a spectator’s head when they hear the name, ‘Lewis Hamilton’? An F1 driver who used the power of Mercedes to win himself 6 world championship titles; the talent part often comes later.

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But, what we don’t see is the fact that the Brit made one of the biggest gambles in 2013, which was indeed the stepping stone to where he is now.

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Hamilton was driving for a reliable championship-contending McLaren, enjoying a rather huge paycheck every year. And despite such positives emerging from the British outfit, Hamilton dragged himself to a setback by signing a deal with the then mid-field team, Mercedes AMG.

The pay wasn’t significant, but yet, he trusted Mercedes’ goals and, hoping for a better car in the future, pulled himself out of his long-time supporters, McLaren.

Fernando Alonso suggestions trigger Toto Wolff

Interestingly, there have been a lot of talks surrounding Hamilton ever since his rival, Fernando Alonso, returned to F1 in 2021. Comparisons started showing up, with many reckoning Alonso is a far better driver than Hamilton. What’s more, suggestions started pouring in that the Spaniard could’ve won more titles with Mercedes.

Well, Mercedes’ Toto Wolff, is not pleased hearing such ideologies. The Austrian opined that Alonso, unlike Hamilton, went after money than the car, and that resulted in his hybrid-era failure.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

There are examples, even now, people who went for the money rather than the car. Fernando Alonso is, without doubt, one of the best Formula 1 drivers to have raced. Ever,” he said during an interview with DailyMail.

It is disappointing for the sport that he hasn’t got more than two titles to his name. But it’s about knowing that you’re part of the solar system, you’re not the sun. Some drivers are ill-advised. They get in the media spotlight and they start to believe they’re the sun. And you’re not.

Wolff slams ‘people’ who downplay the success of Lewis Hamilton

Wolff questioned the people who reckon they could have won world championship titles in Hamilton’s car. The Austrian opined that it is often easy to downplay someone’s success, but in reality, it was Hamilton who made one of the boldest moves, while others opted against it.

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The people who say they could be world champions in Lewis’ car — well, why aren’t you in that car? Why did he switch from McLaren to Mercedes in 2013? It was a bold move,” he said.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: 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 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Overall, these are indeed reasonable words from the Mercedes boss, who has been in the business since 2013. Of course, it was a mix of Hamilton’s talent and Mercedes’ superiority that helped the duo garner the 13 world championship titles.

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But, do you think any other driver could have thrived similarly in the shoes of the 7-time world champion?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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