Fernando Alonso, the two-time world champion, has shared his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton’s seven F1 championships, stating that it has “less value” than his own titles due to the competition faced. Speaking to De Telegraaf, Alonso suggested that fighting against one’s teammate is not as significant as battling other drivers with equal or even better equipment.
“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 teammate,” Alonso 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.”
He compared his own championships to Hamilton’s, stating that he never had to fight with his teammate to win titles, nor did he see Max Verstappen fighting with Sergio Perez or Alex Albon to win races.
“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,” Alonso said. “But Schumacher, in particular, fought with his teammate to become champion five times in a row and Hamilton fought with Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas. That’s different, I think.”
However, Alonso later clarified his statements, responding to backlash on social media, saying that all championships are well-deserved and incomparable to each other.
“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,” Alonso said.
Hamilton is currently tied with Michael Schumacher for the most F1 championships in history, and Alonso himself has won two championships in his career.