Alonso says Hamilton “owes more to Mercedes” than vice versa

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Fernando Alonso is doing the media rounds in preparation for his return to Formula 1 in 2021 and is often asked to give his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton.

Again chipping in on the debate of what is more important Lewis Hamilton’s ability of Mercedes’ car, Alonso said the car is the more important factor.

“Hamilton owes more to Mercedes than Mercedes owes to Hamilton,” the Spaniard told Corriere Della Sera.

“There is no dominance if you don’t have a winning car. When you win a series of titles, it means that you have great technical superiority.”


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The two-time champion likened it to Sebastian Vettel’s period of dominance in Red Bull from 2010 until 2013 and his own title winning years of 2005 and 2006 with Renault.

“It happened to Hamilton. It happened to Sebastian Vettel when he won with Red Bull Racing and couldn’t win after that.

“The same thing happened to me with Renault in 2005 and 2006.

And what are Alonso’s goals with Alpine Racing (rebranded Renault in 2021)?

“Renault has three podiums in 2020. I want to improve that number. For one year. After that, a lot more.”

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