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Lewis Hamilton fires back at Fernando Alonso over Max Verstappen comment before Mexican GP – Express

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Lewis Hamilton has hit back at Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard insinuated that most of the Mercedes star’s world titles aren’t worth as much as Max Verstappen’s. Alonso pointed to the notion that the Brit only had to beat team-mates to reach his formidable haul of seven Drivers’ Championships, which doesn’t appear to have sat well in Hamilton’s camp.
Hamilton and Alonso formed a fractious partnership during the Brit’s rookie F1 year at McLaren. Digs have flown in both directions since going their separate ways in 2008 and Alonso was the latest to make a bold statement as he discussed Hamilton’s world titles haul with Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf
The Alpine star claimed that he has ‘a lot of respect for Hamilton’, but added: “It is different when you win seven world titles when you only had to fight with your team-mate. Then I think a championship has less value than when you have fewer titles but have had to fight against other drivers with equal or even better material.”
In the early hours of Sunday morning, Hamilton struck back on social media by posting a picture of himself at the top of the podium, looking down on Alonso during their time together at McLaren. The 37-year-old captioned the photo with a simple ‘thumbs-up’ emoji. 
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Lewis Hamilton Fernando Alonso
While Hamilton won one of his world titles with McLaren, he achieved the other six during a dominant run at Mercedes between 2014 and 2020. The only blemish in that seven-season stretch was in 2016, when team-mate Nico Rosberg pipped him to the crown after a tense battle. 
Alonso’s comments suggested that Verstappen’s titles were more impressive by comparison as he had to fend off rivals from other teams in 2021 and 2022. Last year, he edged out Hamilton himself on the final lap of the final race in Abu Dhabi, while this year he has blown away competition from Mercedes and Ferrari. 
After Alonso’s assessment circulated, the Alpine veteran felt the need to clarify what he meant by the interview on social media. “And again… Please, all the titles are amazing, well deserved and inspiring,” he wrote. “Incomparable to each other and let’s enjoy champions and legends of our current time. Tired of the continuous search for headlines. Let’s enjoy them.”

Both Hamilton and Alonso made it to Q3 on Saturday to secure a pair of top-10 starts for Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix. The Spaniard will line up ninth on the grid while Hamilton posted the third-fastest lap time, with many feeling as though Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez represents Mercedes’ best chance to secure what has proven to be an elusive win in 2022. 
Max Verstappen
“There are definitely positives from today,” Hamilton told Sky Sports. “For us to be second and third I think is amazing. The car has been feeling great this weekend. I had some problems with the engine in Q3, I’m not quite sure what it was but I definitely feel like there was quite a bit of time left on the table.
“Still, for us to be there and to be that close is amazing. Everyone back at the factory should be really, really proud. I just hope that we can race these guys tomorrow.”
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