Fernando Alonso, the seasoned Formula 1 driver who delivered a sensational climax to the Brazilian Grand Prix, has expressed his deep admiration for his former McLaren teammate, Lewis Hamilton. The Spaniard, while reflecting on what has undoubtedly been his best season in over a decade, attributes a significant part of his resurgence to Hamilton’s unwavering determination and unyielding spirit on the track.
At the age of 42, Fernando Alonso emerges as the elder statesman of Formula 1, competing alongside a generation of younger racers. Despite this, the 2023 season has witnessed a remarkable resurgence in his career. With an impressive tally of seven podium finishes to his name, Alonso has firmly secured the fourth position in the drivers’ championship standings. His consistent performances and exceptional driving skills have put him in the spotlight, proving that age is no barrier to success in the high-octane world of Formula 1.
The dynamic between Alonso and his former teammate, Lewis Hamilton, has been a subject of intrigue and complexity. Their shared history, notably their tumultuous season together at McLaren in 2007, was marked by intense rivalry and high drama. Subsequent years have seen occasional barbs exchanged in the media, reflecting their competitive nature. However, in a recent interview with GQ, Alonso has unveiled a noteworthy shift in his perspective towards Lewis Hamilton.
“We have different personalities and motivations,” Alonso told the outlet. “Lewis always did really well to stay focused and competitive in the periods of his life when he didn’t have a competitive package.
“Those periods weren’t many, but he was always performing to a high level. Now he’s not having the best car, Red Bull is dominating, but he’s still fighting always. He’s chasing Perez in P2 and he’s never giving up.
“It motivates all of us to see how Lewis keeps the motivation after winning so many titles.”