Fernando Alonso Responds to Vettel’s Comments About Him

Published 08/10/2019, 11:58 AM EDT


Following the Hungarian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel were asked about Fernando Alonso. To be precise, rumours surrounding a potential return for the Spaniard. Vettel initially suggested that the Spaniard “never really liked me”. Now though, the double world champion has responded and refuted the comments

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While it was true that during Red Bull’s dominating days, he and the German were rivals, Alonso finished as the runner-up twice. Since then, it has been suggested that the veteran does not rate Vettel’s achievements as highly, owing to a superior car.

“I don’t mind. I don’t know why… I don’t think he never really liked me,” Vettel admitted. “I don’t think we really had a… I don’t mind him.”

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“I respect him for what he achieved and for what he can do on the track. I don’t know. I guess he’s bored if he has time to write these things. So bring him back, I don’t mind.”

Fernando Alonso

However, the former Ferrari driver claimed that that wasn’t the case at all. He said, “I feel bad that he thinks like that. I heard that but it’s not true at all, I feel bad that he thinks like that.”

“We always respected each other and had a very pleasant relationship. Perhaps it was because of the press, the situation, but I repeat that it’s the opposite.”

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As for the prospect of returning to F1, the 38-year-old has regularly said the desire isn’t there for now but he also doesn’t rule it out.

“I’ve been a little surprised by how many people have talked about it recently,” Fernando Alonso continued.

“I had the best first half of the season possible. I won a world championship, Daytona, Sebring, Le Mans. If one day I want to come back, you will know it.”

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