Alonso Takes To Twitter After Suggesting Verstappen’s Titles Are More Worthy Than Hamilton’s – WTF1

Alonso Takes To Twitter After Suggesting Verstappen’s Titles Are More Worthy Than Hamilton’s

Depending on how you might want to look at things, Fernando Alonso has either been saying some very nice things about Max Verstappen, or some very mean things about Lewis Hamilton.

‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna is playing in the background, your parents won’t buy you an adult ticket to see ‘Hot Fuzz’ in the cinema, and Alonso and Hamilton are getting on dreadfully at McLaren. The year is 2007. Back then, it was quite normal to read about a new incident between the two drivers, and recently, I’ve been experiencing flashbacks.

Following their coming together at Spa earlier this year on the opening lap of the Belgian Grand Prix, Alonso blurted out “this guy only knows how to drive and start in first”. Then, at last weekend’s US Grand Prix at Austin, Alonso had to slow down as he approached a slow-moving Hamilton in FP2.

“Hamilton has no mirrors today, unbelievable!”

In a season-spanning hattrick of digs at the seven-time World Champion, Alonso has now claimed that Max Verstappen’s two titles are somehow more worthy.

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

“I never had to fight with my teammate to win those titles. Nor did I see Max fighting with Sergio Perez or Alex Albon to win races.

“But [Michael] 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.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, this has triggered a dash of controversy, and Alonso has now taken to Twitter to clarify his comments given to Dutch publication, De Telegraaf.

Do you you agree with Alonso’s comments on Verstappen’s titles being more worthy than Hamilton’s? 

5 thoughts on “Alonso Takes To Twitter After Suggesting Verstappen’s Titles Are More Worthy Than Hamilton’s

  • Hamilton’s wins came from his extraordinary consistency rather than his wheel to wheel racing, which he received plenty of criticism for. He ‘hammered’ out endless error-free laps leading from the front and with the fastest car on the track most of his winning was done without a rival in sight. This can lead to the view that he’s less of a great ‘racer’ and more of a great ‘driver’ if that makes any sense. Alonso of all people appreciates a scrappy aggressive mentality so its reasonable that he’d be more impressed by how Max wins.

    I think it’s best to just consider Hamilton and Mercedes as a single, dominating, methodical entity for those years- neither would have won as many championships without the other and it’s a team sport after all… just ask Valtteri.

    • Dr Prometheus says:

      I think all titles are worth equally; you as driver and team still need to DO it. Maybe some need to fight harder then the other. But it is still the same.

      But Max`s title of 2021 was the most entertaining in a long time; 2022 started nice, but then Strategy happened to Ferrari.

    • ฬ๏ยtєг says:

      Max and Lewis are more alike than anyone seems to think though. In Singapore 2011 a journalist once asked Lewis in an interview why he drove so aggressively. His response:

      On Friday the 26-year-old finished third fastest in Singapore practice before launching a defense of his style.

      “I drive the way I drive, if people have an issue with that, that’s their problem,” he told reporters at the Southeast Asian floodlit street circuit.

      “I think there is a balance … I don’t ever try to be aggressive to endanger anyone. I drive aggressively because my car is not fast enough at times and I have to push and be aggressive.”

      Hamilton said the style was learnt when he first started racing go-karts.

      “I had a go-kart that was not brand new and it was slow and I had to push extra, extra hard to make the time and that’s what I am doing now.

      “If I had a car I could cruise around, then I wouldn’t have to be aggressive.”

      Sounds like anyone else we know? This was Hamilton at 26. Max is 25 and their mentality seems to be very similar. Max has not been overly aggressive at all this year, nor did he make any mistake (except for that 1 move on Lando in Singapore). He shows that he can be as scarily consistent as Lewis if he has a competitive and reliable car, especially when he is supported by one of the best strategy and engineering teams as well as the best pitcrew.

      Put them under pressure then both Lewis and Max are still human and they can both still make mistakes when they take too much risk. That happens in a sport that is pretty much always on the edge and no season has been more on edge than 2021. Those mistakes are simply judged more meticulously and harshly for those in the limelight. And especially now in this polarized time where both fanbases are constantly at each other’s throats on social media.

      The F1 media outlets are all fueling this as well (both regular media and those on social media like WTF1) as their business model is based on clicks and interactions. Drama and controversy generates more interaction than ‘boring’ news, so all of them are rewarded for stirring things up a little.

    • Scott Maitland says:

      Good point. I’d add that the race , these days, effectively begins with qualifying, in whatever format that takes. So yes he often drove and dominated from the front.
      But I’d disagree that he is no “racer”. I’ve seen him race wheel to wheel on many occasions and then dominate. He will, regardless of individual personal opinion, go down in the annals.

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