Lewis Hamilton may be upset as Fernando Alonso makes explosive Max Verstappen claim

Double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has suggested that Max Verstappen’s world titles are worth more than most of Lewis Hamilton’s due to Mercedes’ past streak of dominance. The Spaniard claims that winning the Championship after fighting with a team-mate is ‘different’ to battling with other members of the field.



Hamilton partnered Alonso at McLaren, causing a stir in his F1 rookie year by taking the fight to the reigning champion. The Brit won one world title there before moving onto Mercedes, where he added six more in a dominant streak between 2014 and 2020.



In that seven-season period, Hamilton scooped up six titles with Nico Rosberg’s 2016 triumph the only exception. Mercedes drivers benefitted from a clear pace advantage as the Silver Arrows collected eight constructors’ titles in a row.




With seven championships to his name, Hamilton is alongside Michael Schumacher at the top of the all-time charts. He may, however, be upset to discover Alonso’s interpretation as the Alpine star appeared to belittle his former team-mate’s success.



“I have a lot of respect for Lewis, but still it is different when you win seven world titles when you only had to fight with your team-mate,” he said. “Then I think a championship has less value than when you have fewer titles but have had to fight against other drivers with equal or even better material.

“In 2005 and 2006, I had a good start to the year myself and was able to create a lead. Then others might have had a better car, but I was able to manage that gap. I never had to fight with my team-mate to win those titles. Nor did I see Max fighting with [Sergio] Perez or [Alex] Albon to win races.


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