Lewis Hamilton reacts to Fernando Alonso feedback about worth of his seven titles

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton have been McLaren team-mates in 2007

Lewis Hamilton has reacted to his previous rival Fernando Alonso questioning the worth of a few of his championships.

The Spaniard stated in an interview with the Netherlands’ Telegraaf this week {that a} championship has “less value when you’ve only had to fight with your team-mate”.

Hamilton then posted an image on social media from 2007, when he and Alonso have been McLaren team-mates, with him on high of a podium and Alonso second.

The seven-time champion posted a thumbs up image with the {photograph}.

Hamilton stated after Sunday’s Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix: “I don’t have a lot to say about it. It does make me giggle a little bit.

“I’ve tried to be actually respectful through the years and if you’ve ever requested me about who has been one of the best driver (I’ve raced towards), I’ve at all times tried to provide reward.

“But it is definitely interesting to see the comments made, but it doesn’t really matter.”

Earlier than these feedback, Alonso had tried to scale back the impression of his feedback with a put up on Twitter on Saturday.

He wrote: “Please, all the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring. Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy champions and legends of our current time.

“Bored with the continual seek for headlines. Let’s get pleasure from them.”

Hamilton made his debut in F1 in 2007 and he and Alonso staged a close and sometimes bitter fight. Both ended up losing out to Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by a single point.

At the end of the season, Hamilton and Alonso were tied on points and both had four wins, but Hamilton was declared ahead in the championship by virtue of having more second places.

Hamilton’s Twitter post was a response to the social media reaction to Alonso’s interview, in which he compared his own two world titles in 2005 and 2006 with those of Max Verstappen this year and last, against Hamilton’s record-equalling seven.

Alonso stated: “This yr Max could be very dominant and sooner or later he was in a position to cruise to the world title. Final season it was completely different. I believed he outperformed Lewis in the long run and I feel he’s a worthy champion.

“I also have a lot of respect for Lewis. Still, it’s different when you win seven world titles, when you’ve only had to fight with your team-mate.

“Then I feel {that a} championship has much less worth than in case you have fewer titles however you have got needed to compete towards different drivers with equal and even higher materials.

“In 2005 and 2006, I had a good start to the year and I was able to create a lead. Then others may have had a better car, but I was able to manage that gap.

“I by no means needed to combat with my team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella to win the title. I additionally did not see Max combat Sergio Perez or Alex Albon to win races.

“But [Michael] Schumacher mainly fought with his team-mate Rubens Barrichello to become champion five times in a row and Hamilton with Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas. That’s different, I think.”

Alonso’s feedback are a questionable interpretation of a few of the titles received by Schumacher and Hamilton.

Schumacher and Ferrari dominated in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and the German driver had solely his team-mate to beat, however in 2003 he had an in depth combat with McLaren’s Raikkonen and Williams’ Juan Pablo Montoya.

And whereas it’s a truthful remark to say Mercedes have been unbeatable from 2014 to 2016 and in 2019-20, in 2017 and 2018 the Ferrari was arguably the faster automobile for almost all of each seasons.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s led the championship for a lot of each of these years, just for his title marketing campaign to be undermined by errors from each driver and staff, in addition to issues with reliability and dropping the event warfare late within the yr.

Hamilton’s Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff stated after the Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix: “[Alonso]’s a teaser. Comedy, it creates headlines. The sport is about headlines, they are great champions. Alonso likes to throw one in. I don’t think it bothers Lewis a millimetre.”