Almost everyone loved Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 adventure but one driver whose comments stood out was Lewis Hamilton.
Speaking to L’Equipe after Indy 500 qualifying, Hamilton said:
“Fernando, in his first qualifying, came fifth. Does that say something about [the level] of IndyCar? Great drivers, if they can’t succeed in Formula One, look for titles in other races, but to see him come fifth against drivers who do this all year round is… interesting.”
One driver who wasn’t happy with those comments was former Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan and decided to use his speech at the Indianapolis 500 Banquet to hit back at the Mercedes driver. (Skip to 7:20 for the burn)
If for whatever reason you can’t watch the video, he said:
“You [Alonso] bought a lot to this year, you were humble, not like your other F1 drivers who made some comments this month.
“What you gonna say, the guy [Hamilton] raced two cars last year and finished second.”
He was of course referring to Mercedes’ dominance of F1 last year and how Hamilton only had his teammate Nico Rosberg to race against.
That reaction from Alonso though:
Was Hamilton right to question to talent in IndyCar? Or was Kanaan right to hit back? Let us know in the comments.