Fernando Alonso: “Lewis came into F1 like a tsunami”

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Fernando Alonso says McLaren was to blame for his strained relationship with Lewis Hamilton in their first and only season as team-mates.

In 2007, in his rookie Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton was partnered with, at the time, reigning two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso at McLaren.

The relationship soon became quite strained as both drivers have shown they are capable of winning the title. Ultimately they both lost out to Kimi Raikkonen by one point.

However, Alonso now reveals he believes McLaren leadership was to blame for their strained relationship.

“2007 was a very important season for me,” Alonso told Sky Sports.

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“Lewis came into F1 like a tsunami with all his talent and abilities and results, immediately results – that was intense and also challenging for everybody.

“Looking back, and I think Lewis will think the same, we have no issues between us, we had a very tough competition, but fair.

“Honestly, I think and him as well, the team didn’t handle the situation. I don’t want to blame Ron [Dennis, team principal at the time], I don’t want to blame a particular name.

“But as a team and as a management, we were too young, too ambitious and no one guided us,” concluded the Spanish driver.

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