Hamilton: Me and Fernando are of a higher calibre, we should be battling at the front

Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso

Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso

Lewis Hamilton has made no bones about the fact that he rates Fernando Alonso as his most formidable opponent on the Formula 1 grid, and after the Korean Grand Prix lamented the fact that the two former World Champions were battling for fifth and sixth place, while Sebastian Vettel powered comfortably to win number eight of the season and took another huge step closer to his fourth world title in as many years.

Speaking to the BBC after the race, Hamilton said, “It’s strange, me and Fernando in fifth and sixth having our own little battle. We are of a higher calibre. I like battling with Fernando. He’s the strongest driver here and really we should be battling at the front with the World Champions, with Sebastian.”

Pirelli tyres were again in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Drivers led by Alonso voiced their displeasure about the quality of tyres on offer, and Hamilton also struggled to get the rubber to work efficiently on his Mercedes.

Nico Hulkenberg versus  Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso in the background

Nico Hulkenberg versus Lewis Hamilton with Fernando Alonso in the background

“My [right front] tyre was dead and I was turning and turning and nothing was happening. I was two or three seconds slower than Nico [Rosberg]. There was nothing I could do. I just had to get to a certain target [lap for a pit stop], which was unfortunate, so I lost a lot of ground there.”

In qualifying, 24 hours earlier Hamilton was second fastest and looked capable of challenging Vettel, but from the start it was clear that the Mercedes was still lagging in race pace and in the end it was a below par performance by the Silver Arrows.

“If I’d been in the lead I think I’d have been able to stay there, but things just did not go my way. We need to figure it out because we are faster than our results [show],” said the 2008 World Champion.

One of the highlights of the race was Hamilton’s late duel with Nico Hulkenberg in the Sauber. Although Hamilton did get by with about half a dozen laps to go, Hulkenberg was able to get by again and hold on to fourth place. Hamilton was fifth when the flag fell.

“There was nothing I could do,” Hamilton lamented. “[Hulkenberg] was so quick on the straight, he just drove past me.” (GP247)

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  • Alfredo Martinelli

    Gee, Lewis, after watching your performance(s) for the past few years, I think maybe you may not be as good as you think you are. I know you’re a legend in your own mind and, once upon a time, you were really something–I know I was a big fan of yours that miserable year you spent as Fred Samurai’s teammate.

    But after watching this latest performance from both you and Fernando, I just get the feeling that perhaps your time has passed. Younger drivers are coming along who just “get it” better than you do, and goodness knows you’ve developed far too many distractions off-track over the years that have profoundly affected your on-track performance.

    So, I would simply suggest that you quit whining about your place in life, as it seems that both you and Frednando have found your niche–not quite mid-pack yet, but that will happen, too. Hey–it’s nothing to be ashamed of, after all, it happens to all the drivers, even the best ones.

    Just try and get some dignity about yourself though–remember, when you win (if you should win again), it wasn’t you winning single-handedly, and when you lose again, it’s not all the team’s fault, the other drivers’ fault, the tires, the race strategy, the weather, what have you–you have a hand in it either way, whether you win or lose. You’re a part of the Old Guard now, so start acting like a grown man who has experienced the best and worst of the challenges of a career in Formula 1.

    Lastly, please stop talking about Mr. Alonso the way you seem determined to. It’s starting to sound, well, just creepy!

  • dawn

    lewis does have a point this season is crap and i am sorry alfredo alonso is not that good either nor is ferrari or they would of won more stop sprouting crap lewis do want you want and make yourself happy and if you like people talking greepy try sky and bbc they always seems to lick up to vettel backside all the time and that is creepy

  • Seperate Class

    Lewis, you and Alonso belong in a seperate class altogether.
    The kind of self-confidence both of you potray is out of this world.
    In fact, I hear there’s a new formula category starting next year, called the Formula-E*. Perhaps both you and your mate, Alonso can join that new formula. Nobody else can be on par with you anyway…

    * E = Ego

  • jl

    high calibre eh?
    so vettel have higher than highest calibre in your mind. :D

  • McLarenfan

    The Bromance is starting to worry me I just am not sure who is the female, you see now that Nicole Scherzinger is out of the picture Lewis has Roscoe and Alonso.

  • Adriana

    God gave Hamilton the ability to be a fast driver ( not the best , just fast ), but mournfully did not put any brains in his head !

  • Tinto

    This guy is incorrigible…. Immature, egotistic and manipulative.

    Time for a new generation of drivers. Excepting Kimi :)

  • marina

    One of the “formidable, strongest drivers who should be battling at the front with the World Champions” is in need to ask the team for solutions to overtake Hulk?
    Hilarious!

  • Jules C

    Sorry guys but I’m sure many of you are Vettel fanboys. Honestly, Vettel is made to look good because of the super machine he driving. Vettel does not have the race craft to win a race if he was driving a Mercedes or Lotus or Ferrari. Alonso, Lewis and Kimi are a class above Vettel when it comes to driving the car and managing it. Vettel has won all his races from the front. Would Vettel be able to get onto a podium starting from 9th or 6th if he drove a Lotus or Ferrari? I doubt he can. I think even Hulkenberg is a better driver than Vettel based on his performance in Korea.

    Even Niki Lauda recognises Hamilton’s ability. Let’s see how Vettel performs when he goes to Ferrari..but by then, Alonso and Kimi would have improved the car so much that Vettel would have a fast car to win

  • Tamburello_1994

    @ Jules

    Quit making up lame excuses…

    Sebastian Vettel has won in an Toro Roso, So we already have a pretty good indication how Vettel does in inferior equipment. He still finds a way to win.

    So your entire point is null and void (and lame).

  • Boycotthehaters

    The Hamilton fans love to accuse Vettel of “arrogance”, when Hamilton is far more arrogant and egotistical.

  • Boycotthehaters

    “Vettel has won all his races from the front.”

    So has Hamilton. So did Sennna and Fangip. So what?

  • Tamburello_1994

    “I think even Hulkenberg is a better driver than Vettel based on his performance in Korea”.

    Using your dumb logic then I guess Hulkenberg is also better than Alonso and (anybody have any suggestions) Hamilton based on their performances, Right Jules?

    People please, THINK BEFORE YOU POST to avoid making an idiot out of yourself.

  • Joanna Conlon

    @jules C x well said… I cant wait for next season. .. vettels face will look a treat ;)

  • fools

    I highly agree they can compete with Vettel. However both of there cars are not on the RB caliber.

  • Nj

    He should shut his mouth and work tn improve his car.than staring at redbull.arrogent man. ,

  • kimifan

    Its interesting that Lewis didnt say that when they were teammates at McLaren :D.

    Alonso is a typical smartass knowing everything better than any other driver or team principal… Its a pity that he cannot suppress his feeling to be forced to utter his opinion to everything and immediately without being asked to do so. And in my eyes he is a cheater (Ferrari gate, Singapore).

  • Tinto

    @Jules C: Ouch, ouch… Painful mate, that must hurt. What are you talking about? If you withdaw your comments, you are forgiven ;)

  • EazyE

    Is it coz he’s black?

  • Nasri

    your comments show that you re not into formula 1,just talking like people watching then judging and u know nothing about this sport !

  • jl

    Bwahahahaha, why there still a comment that vetttel should start from 4th grid and crossing the finish line 3rd to prove he is fast and great driver.
    F1 competition start from qualification, brainless! Even alonso complain when he got 3rd grid.
    F1 race is about winning, not crossing finish line 3rd like alonso or mr hammy.

  • farizY

    I guess from next year onwards, those who qualy first, needs to start from the back of the pack, so that they will be considered “TRUE” racers, according to some of the folks here. LOL. What a joke.

  • speeding

    If Hamilton or Alonso had a similar RB like Vettel, they will devour him on a dry and wet day. He wont even exist by mid season.

    with all fairness, I hope RB will not be the fastest car next season all the time. This bullshit is boring. Why we fans have to watch the cars in the back fighting, while the 1st car is hardly on the screen. The fight should be between the front cars….get it blind worshipers

  • speeding

    If Hamilton or Alonso had a similar RB like Vettel, they will devour him on a dry and wet day. He wont even exist by mid season.

    with all fairness, I hope RB will not be the fastest car next season all the time. This bu*lsh*t is boring. Why we fans have to watch the cars in the back fighting, while the 1st car is hardly on the screen. The fight should be between the front cars….get it blind worshipers

  • Rt

    Hamilton is my favourite.. I respect raw talent over a single lap above anything.

    But just listening to him, radio and in interviews, it’ evident that he is less mature than his age. It is such a shame.

    That is why he will remain a fragmented F1 driver throughout his career.

    Senna was the opposite in terms of maturity.

  • realf1fan

    jules , have to agree its about the car no doubt.

    Rt, also agree the man is just so immature its just not true maybe its being spoilt by McLaren over the years but no doubt he is still as quick as ever, but his starts have got worse he is being passed for fun lately.

  • Rik

    It appears that Lewis is not as good as Nico Hulkenburg at the moment. You only get what you earn in life not what you “deserve” so if Lewis deserves to be further up the gird then he should have kept Grojean behind him at the start.

  • Jules C

    @Tamburello_1994, you are so far up Vettel’s arse that you can’t tell the difference between a solid and complete driver like ALonso and Kimi versus Vettel.
    The entire paddock and all the drivers know for a fact that Vettel is wining because of Newey’s engineers and not just his driving skill.

    Vettel won in a Toro Rosso? Well, so did Maldonado in a Williams and so did Alonso and Kimi in a slower car than Vettel’s Redbull. Did you watch those races?

    Sorry to piss on your idol, Vettel but unless he can prove he can beat Alonso, Kimi or Hamilton in similar or lesser machinery, he doesn’t have my respect. Btw, all these 3 drivesr have beaten Vettel in a car that is slower than a RB. So get your facts right, and get your head of out Vettel’s ass.

  • Jules C

    @Tinto, you’re another Vettel fanboy retard :) Everyone on here is entitled to their opinions and if you can accept me criticizing your spoilt brat arrogant prat, then that is just too bad:) Learn to deal with it.

    Despite going to get a 4th World CHampion, he is still not getting the recognition of many F1 fans and other drivers…poor sod. What a lousy champion he is! hahahah..and if you want to defend your lousy and unworthy champion Vettel, you better come up with something better than just this :

    @Jules C: Ouch, ouch… Painful mate, that must hurt. What are you talking about? If you withdaw your comments, you are forgiven ;)” …haha..this is pathetic! Show Vettel what a loyal fan you are and defend him!! You are a disappointing fan, dude. It is simple minded, unsophisticated and intellectually challenged fanboys like you that are impressed by Vettel’s achievements. Horner has to constantly justify Vettel’s achievements. Sad. Schumacher did not need that. Alsono, Kimi and Hamlton never needed their team managers to justify their achievements.

    Ouch ! Ouch!

  • Jules C

    @Tamburello_1994 7 October, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    “I think even Hulkenberg is a better driver than Vettel based on his performance in Korea”.

    Using your dumb logic then I guess Hulkenberg is also better than Alonso and (anybody have any suggestions) Hamilton based on their performances, Right Jules?

    People please, THINK BEFORE YOU POST to avoid making an idiot out of yourself.”

    Since I’ve got some time to kill, I will respond to the above comment as well… Tamburello, you are truly an Idiot with a capital “I”. I did not say that Hulkenberg is better than ALonso and Hamilton. I said Hulkenberg is better than Vettel and he is. So, Vettel is not as good as Alonso, Hamilton and Hulkenberg:)) Ouch!

    Hulkenberg would have beaten Vettel in a race if he was driving a Redbull..Vettel is a fast driver but not as good a racer as Alo, Ham and Hulk.:)

    So can you read and understand what I just wrote? Or should you go back to prep school to learn to read? NO wonder you are wiping Vettel’s arse….

  • RaceX

    @ Jules:
    Your language and your choice of foul words show the level of insight and intelligence you have. So there is no reason to take serious your judgement concerning driver abilities.

  • Eri

    RaceX:

    He must be a very young person or something.