Fernando Alonso hasn’t won the F1 Drivers' Championship since 2006 despite being a title contender on numerous occasions in the years that followed. Many feel that he could have been a five or six-time world champion had things gone his way. He was once teammates with 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and at the time, it was widely reported that the relationship between Alonso and his then young teammate was rather tumultuous. He has now cleared the air regarding these things in an exclusive interview with the EFE Agency
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Alonso Clears The Air Regarding Hamilton Feud
Alonso began by revealing if there was something amiss about his relationship with Lewis Hamilton when they were teammates at McLaren in 2007
“Nothing happened with Hamilton. It was more with the team, with which we had our differences. He believed some things that the team gave him and stopped giving. I believed some things that the team gave me and stopped giving me. And we did not understand each other”
He reiterated that they always had each other’s respect
“But there was always respect between us. Even on the track. We went out on Sundays to run thinking what we thought, inside, of the team. But we always respected each other on the track. And we always try to fight hard, but with respect”
He then explained why he has no regrets about losing the 2007 world championship by one point
“I don't know. A World Championship always has moments of comings and goings. The 2007 one was lost by one point; and that point was in many places. But you don't think about it anymore. If you think about the past, you can also think that you were lucky once in the World Championship that you won”
He further pointed out how he too sometimes had fortune on his side
“Kimi Raikkonen broke the engine in two or three races that he was leading. In 2006 Michael [Schumacher] broke the engine at Suzuka in the penultimate race... so if you start to count, you might not have won the ones you did; and maybe you would have won the ones you didn't win”
He then responded to the suggestion that he could have been a five or six-time world champion had things gone his way
“We have been champions twice, runners-up another four; and in three of them for less than three or one point. So, well, apart from being two-time champions, I think we've been fighting for the World Championship for five or six years until the last race. And in that last race maybe on lap 20, on 40 or on lap 50 we were virtual leaders of the world championship”
He signed off by describing why he is proud of his two F1 World Championships
“So I am proud of that. That it wasn't a World Championship or two that you won because of the car that was dominant that year; or due to circumstances, or luck. I believe that we are always a strong driver and team [combination]. In any circumstance, we do not give up”
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton pointed out that “there’s only twenty seats in the drivers’ space. That’s not so important to [him]” [The Guardian]
“But there are over 40,000 jobs across motor sports in the UK, and less than 1% are filled by people from Black backgrounds ”, Lewis added
McLaren’s Lando Norris accepts that former teammate and current Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz “knows how I drive and how we think as a team” [Racer]
He further revealed that they “try to change some things a little bit, so he doesn’t know everything”
"There is probably no one I would want to beat more than Carlos and probably the same applies the other way around”
Helmut Marko feels that with sprint qualifying “if something goes wrong on Friday, it could ruin the whole weekend” [Speedweek]
Aston Martin’s reserve driver Nico Hulkenberg feels that Haas’ Mick Schumacher “obviously drives in a car that is not very competitive, which is of course not easy” [RTL]
FIA race director Michael Masi has confirmed that “grid penalties and time penalties, for driving infringements and so forth, will be applied” during the sprint qualifying [Motorsport]
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner pointed out that “the collaboration with Aston Martin in Formula 1 is now obviously ended” [Beyond The Grid Podcast]
“Now [they] have to decide what the next step is going to be. [They] have learned so much from the Valkyrie project, and it would be a shame not to do something crazy with this knowledge”, he added
Retired F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya feels that since Andreas Seidl “started at McLaren, he has changed the mentality of the team and how they approach things” [Motorsport]
He further suggested that “the big target is next year with new cars and new regulations”
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