Alonso: “If you want to beat Lewis, you need to perform at your best”

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Fernando Alonso says a “missing point” in his career is not being able to race against Lewis Hamilton the way he “was looking for”.

Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton battled each other while they were both at McLaren, in 2007, Lewis’ rookie year in Formula 1.

The year ended with them both sharing second place with equal points, however, Alonso says they were both not capable to give their best at the time.

“I think with Lewis, we didn’t have, let’s say, the competition that I was looking for,” the Spaniard told Beyond the Grid podcast.

“We shared a team and that, for the general people, is the biggest fight you could have, but in 2007 I think we both were not ready.

“Understandably, he was maybe not ready for the fight because he was a rookie and coming into Formula 1, and I was not performing at my best, not really integrated with the team.

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“For sure, we had all the fights together and all the stress together to fight for the championship, and we were not well managed at that time.

“We finished with the same points in the championship, which you could see as a very big fight and [an] even fight, but I think we both could have done better.

“And then in the following years, I had a better package in Ferrari than him when he was in McLaren, so we didn’t fight really directly.

“And now when he switched to Mercedes, he had a better package and we never had the opportunity again to fight together. So, that’s a missing point in my career.

“But, obviously, he’s a legend of the sport and he, like Michael, pushed you to the limit because if you want to beat Lewis, you need to perform at your best,” Alonso concluded.

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