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

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.”

“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
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.”

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.”

Sebastian Vettel