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Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso regrets that he never really fought Lewis Hamilton for the world title, he says in the podcast Beyond the Grid.
The two were teammates at McLaren in 2007. They weren’t the best of friends there and they weren’t fighting for a world title together, as is now the case between Max Verstappen and the Briton. Still, in 2007 Alonso and Hamilton had a remarkable statistic. Both men had 109 points at the end of the season, only one less than world champion Kimi Räikkönen.
‘Were not ready yet’
The Spaniard defeated Michael Schumacher in 2005 and 2006. Alonso thinks that in addition to Schumacher, Hamilton in particular brings out the best in him. About the year they were teammates, the Alpine driver says: “In 2007 we rode together in one team and for the public it’s a big fight. But in all honesty, neither of us were ready.” In particular, Alonso saw a lack of experience with Hamilton: “He wasn’t ready because he was just a rookie. I still had to get used to the team, so I wasn’t at my best.”
‘Push to your limits’
In the years that followed, the differences in the cars were too great to encounter each other. “I had a better package at Ferrari than he did at McLaren. So we didn’t really fight each other,” the Spaniard said. The move to Mercedes was extremely successful for Hamilton. “At Mercedes he has always had a better package than me. So we never had the chance to fight again. I miss that,” says an honest Alonso. In a fight with Hamilton you have to be at your best: “Like Michael he can push you to your limits. If you want to beat him then you have to be at your very best.”