Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso says there are “weak points” to his former McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton, but “no one takes the benefit of that”.
Alonso said Hamilton raised his game in 2019, but still believes there are “weak points” to be exploited if one aims to beat the six-time champion.
“He’s made a step forward – he is more competitive, more prepared,” said the Spaniard.
“He still has some weak points that have not been stressed yet – no-one is pressing that button, that weakness.”
“He’s raised the level the last couple of years, especially in 2019 when the car has not been as dominant as other seasons.
“If he cannot win, he’s a very close second – not 20 seconds further back, which is what happens a little bit with Valtteri. A weekend when the car is not as competitive, Bottas is fifth or sixth or a minute behind – but Lewis is not.
“If you study Lewis’ season, there is always a common trend. He starts the year slowly and no-one takes the benefit of that. We all get excited that it will be the year of Bottas, but it’s not.
“It would be nice to compete against him in a proper fight. Maybe his weak points are not real and everything is calculated but it would be nice to discover.
“When you have a good package and the other guys crash and you extend your championship lead, everything seems calm.
“If you are only one point behind or 10 points behind, the stress is different. The mistakes are different and your radio communications are different.
“We need to see him when the pressure is on,” concluded Alonso.
Source: F1 Racing Magazine