Alonso takes thinly veiled shot at Hamilton, then decides to backtrack

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Fernando Alonso recently awkwardly tried to diminish the “value” of Lewis Hamilton’s seven world titles, and later backtracked by saying “all the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring”.

While Fernando Alonso was commenting on his first podium of his comeback, at the 2021 Qatar Grand Prix, where he finished in P3, behind Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, he strangely took the opportunity to try and diminish Hamilton’s world titles in comparison to Verstappen’s.

“It was a great moment for me to get back on the podium,” Alonso said.

“And not after a race full of luck and with, with all due respect, lesser drivers. No, we really deserved it and I was there next to Max and Lewis too.

“This year Max is very dominant and at some point he was able to cruise to the world title. Last season it was different. I thought he outperformed Lewis in the end and I think he is 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 think that a championship has less value than if you have fewer titles, but you have had to compete against other drivers with equal or even better material.

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“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 never had to fight with my team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella to win the title.

“I also didn’t see Max fight Sergio Pérez or Alex Albon to win races. But Schumacher mainly fought with his teammate Rubens Barrichello to become champion five times in a row and Hamilton with Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas.

“That’s different, I think,” the Spaniard concluded.

This strange statement garnered a lot of press, so Alonso took to social media to explain how he didn’t mean it in a negative way.

“And again… Please, all the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring,” Alonso wrote.

“Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy champions and legends of our current time. Tired of the continuous search for headlines.

“Let’s enjoy them,” he concluded.

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