WATCH: Alonso Salutes Former McLaren F1 Teammate Hamilton for His British GP Win

Published 07/19/2021, 1:53 PM EDT
AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 18: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Fernando Alonso of Spain and McLaren F1 talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the United States Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas on October 18, 2018 in Austin, United States. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


In Hamilton’s rookie year in 2007, he shared the British Grand Prix podium with his McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso. Now, fourteen years later, Hamilton has won his eighth Grand Prix in Silverstone. Alonso, who returned to F1 after a two-year hiatus, celebrated his former teammate’s win by accompanying him on the track.

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The double champion waved at the reigning champion post-race, congratulating him on his accomplishment.

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Alonso and Hamilton didn’t have the perfect relationship at McLaren, but both have agreed that it was the environment at the team that caused it.

Hamilton and Alonso’s eternal camaraderie

The champions have a lot of mutual respect. While the two spar fairly on the track, they never fail to support each other through good times and bad. Game recognizes game, as the two often honor each other’s triumphs.

A rather iconic example of this is Alonso’s last race in Abu Dhabi. He had announced his decision to leave the sport earlier. The duo, along with Vettel, memorialized the legend’s career on the Yas Marina Circuit by performing donuts.

Earlier this season, Alonso had some good things to say about Hamilton and his performance. ” I don’t know if what he’s doing is being valued enough… He always gives 100 percent, so you have to congratulate him.” 

Alonso on the Copse Corner incident

Alonso, along with other drivers, maintained a neutral perspective on the collision. He too agreed with the FIA, calling it a racing incident. Alonso started 7th on the grid at Silverstone and would have witnessed the crash rather closely.

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Upon watching the clip closely, he evaluated the event“It is difficult from the outside… Lewis could not disappear from the inside line, it’s not that you can vanish.” He also adds that it was an unlucky instant, “It was an unfortunate moment of the race, but nothing intentional or nothing that any of the two drivers did wrong in my opinion.”

We are guaranteed to see more of such celebrations from the two. El Matador is improving with every race; The Knight just got closer to leading the championship. It will be an exciting season ahead for the two.

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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