Hamilton: When Ron Dennis told me I’d be much slower than Fernando, I thought – he’s wrong

Race winner Lewis Hamilton with second placed Fernando Alonso at the 2007 USA GP

Race winner Lewis Hamilton with second placed Fernando Alonso at the 2007 USA GP

Lewis Hamilton has urged Daniel Ricciardo to ‘attack’ his high-profile and all conquering teammate from the moment the season starts, as he recalls how in his rookie season he was not expected to challenge his highly rated teammate at the time.

As a rookie in 2007, Hamilton was paired at McLaren with the reigning World Champion Fernando Alonso.

But Hamilton got his grand prix career off to a surprising start, overtaking Alonso at the very first corner in Melbourne.

“When Ron [Dennis] told me I would be much slower than Fernando, I thought ‘He’s wrong’,” Hamilton is quoted by Brazil’s TotalRace.

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel

Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel

“Attacking from the first race was one of the best things I could have done in Formula 1,” he added.

Although Ricciardo has more experience, Hamilton likens the start of his own career to the Australian’s graduation to Red Bull for 2014, where he will be paired with reigning quadruple World Champion, Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton says Red Bull’s promotion of Ricciardo “makes sense”, even though the energy drink-owned squad could have picked a higher-profile name.

“It was a surprise to me when it was announced,” Hamilton said, “but as they have a team just for the young guys to gain experience, it is good to see that it is working.

“He will come in with a good car, in a seat that many others would like to have – not me, because I already have a good car,” he insisted.

Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel

“So I’m cheering for him and hoping that he can handle the pressure – because it is always very high when a young guy comes into a top team. But I’m sure he will do well.”

Asked how Ricciardo should handle the early part of his career alongside Vettel, Hamilton urged him to attack, saying that he would “love to see” Ricciardo emulate his own feat of 2007 by passing Vettel at the very first corner.

“He does not need to do that, but it would be fantastic for any driver,” said Hamilton. “Hopefully I’ll see it happen in my rear [view] mirror.” (GMM)

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  • ham sux

    Sory of speling i mean hammillton

  • Joost

    @Ham Sux: You are totally contradicting yourself in your comment. But thanks anyway for your insight in your F1 driver rating system.

  • Kenneth Shaaka

    ham sux, how about you first learn how to construct a sentence before you embarrass yourself on the World Wide Web

  • jl

    hamilton right, because fernando is only that quality, a crap driver.

  • ham sux

    You persons are idiot! ! All tru f1 fan know Alonso is best driver in history ; joost is he onle persons agre togeter with me all athers is idiot! Tank you. jl =idioti

  • Jack

    It would be interesting to see Hamilton attempt to suck a ‘duck’

  • Ty

    Ah, the joys of a heated argument with 5 year old never get old on the internet. So refreshing on a Friday morning.

    Kimmi iz da bestest! Hemmmmmiltin sux my dux tru I spik dat what my mommy say my papi agre b4 she sux . I formeula king of athers.

    Sort offspeling I ment: Lawis

    Don’t get mad folks maybe he’s a little adorable 5 year old you never know.

  • vipernas


    if your comment was a facebook comment, I would have hit the “Like” button :)

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    Hamliton’s bearting Alonso troughout the season really made it forever visible that Alonso is only good for Nr 2 driver role with his limited speed and talent. He was not only slower than Hamilton, but also spun out behind him, like in China.

    Poor Alonso had won 2 titles with Mclaren without that…but there talent has won.

    Alonso tried to say the team preferred Hamilton, but after team orders against Hamilton like in Monaco, no one would beleive that.

    Alonso is just not championship material.

  • F1 Fan For A Long Time

    So quick to pile the hate on Alonso – you even messed up your own post!

    Why the need to hate on Alonso all the time? Do you work? Are you a pensioner or a young child? and where do you get the time to troll through this site and comment on every article that has Alonso in the title?

  • realf1fan

    I remember that season very well. That was giant killing on massive scale of the likes we will never see in our lifetimes again. A rookie putting the then reigning 2xwdc and the slayer of the 7xwdc to the sword it was usurping and banishment of the epic kind which lead Lauda to say that the 2007 Mclaren rookie was the greatest rookie ever which agree with.

    As for the young Aussie hope he puts up a better show than the outgoing one who did no justice to those Newey super machines.

    Big ask for Ricc to try to do a Lewis 2007 it was a one off.

  • StevetheGreat

    Nuttier than a peanut plantation!

  • Eevel

    @Alonso_is_Slow – You claim that Alonso is not Championship material yet he has two to his name.
    You must be feeling pretty stupid right now.
    I’m no Alonso fan but I can at least give him the respect he deserves for his achievements.

  • Alonso_is_Slow

    @Eevel_the_donkey: Saying somebody does not deserve a title does not contradict with having a title.

    Looks like you made yourself look stupid again….again after many times.

  • fools


  • jl

    fools 25 August, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    fools 18 April, 2013 at 7:43 pm
    Alonso for the 2013 WDC!
    Looking good. Car looks strong and reliable.

    fools 23 November, 2012 at 8:28 pm
    Alonso for the 2012 WDC babyyyy! Lets gooo

    Well,… congratulation for 2012 and 2013 F1 WDC, let’s hope the exact same things happen. :D

  • Tinto

    Indeed, slogans that reminds me about Fidel Castro era.

  • Tamburello_1994

    Again, It’s a case of “if I repeat it enough times, It might come true”.

    The repetitiveness of some of the post here adds nothing to the larger debate and only serves to bring the whole conversation down to the juvenile level. This thread stands out as a shining example.

    “Saying somebody does not deserve a title does not contradict with having a title.”

    That is, by far, the dumbest thing I’ve read here in three years.

    Absolutely the worst F-1 forum on the internet resides right here at Gprix247.

  • O’Ferrari

    Quack! Get away from my duck!

  • A41202813GMAIL

    Go, HAMILTON !

  • Harys

    Amazing whenever Alonso’s name appears, offenders outraged & defenders enlightening blind haters.
    Alonso…you simply Rock.

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  • Elf

    We all must admit than dumber than Alonso’s fans are none, by far. Sorry gents, but you are different.

    You can hit the roof just listening to their imbecile mantra he is the best, but hey, seven (!) years have past and counting and they still have no idea the guy won nada.

    Let me tell you folks, all these years Alonso has inhaled only good quality RB cars’ smoke. And he will do so…

  • Aspetar

    You surly are the dumb one here as it seems trying out of your teeth to degrade a super driver “known to the world as the best” to your own low level. You are pathetic and got to stop what ever you are inhaling. Alonso will be in F1 for a while as the best driver and will win it when the car is good enough…not the best… Just good enough you fool…

  • jl

    I totally agree with Aspetar about good enough car.

    Let’s hope Alonso always have car which good eough to win while another driver such as Vettel, Raikkonen, may be Magnussen have the best and better car and repeat 2007, 2009, 2010-2013 season. :D

    note that 2005 and 2006 Alonso have the best car on grid.

  • Harys

    Alonso didn’t have the best car 2005/06. It wasn’t even the fastest but most reliable indeed. What was legal as mass dampers that became illegal early half of the 2006 suited Alonso’s style of driving…ofcourse along with the cleaver Michelins. The Mclaren & Ferrari were faster but not as consistence. This was said to me by Fisichella manager at that time who I was having dinner with in 2005.
    Alonso raced well at those 2 years and with some luck he secured the 2 championships. He didn’t have a car that wins every pole on any track at any condition & just sprint to the finish line with out a fight.

  • Elf

    Guys, when the car wasn’t good enough, Alonso finished 5th and 9th, 2008 and 2009 respectivelly. Ridiculos results for a man, that hey, can drive everything, funny, isn’t it?

    Wake up guys, all F1 drivers have high levels of skills, more or less, with Alonso, Kimi, and Lewis on the second row ‘cos has been taken. Give them a good car and they will perform accordingly. Perez and Gutirez humiliated a few time Alonso and Lewis, give them a Mercedes or Ferrari and they will fight or even defeat those overpaidfor nothing drivers.

  • Depmmar

    @Elf, you must be still watching lots of old cartons. You must grow up soon if you insets on coming here. Looks like your small head is carrying some gene that doesn’t develop. wish you fast recovery. A tip: stop offending Master drivers you keyboard hero.

  • A41202813GMAIL