Alonso: Hamilton is the best not Vettel

Fernando Alonso with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Fernando Alonso does not believe reigning quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel is the best driver in Formula 1, and in fact points to Lewis Hamilton as the sport’s best.

Some, including Alonso, have been surprised this year as Vettel, despite his domination of the sport for years, has struggled to keep up with his new Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo, The Spaniard admits he cannot understand what is afflicting the quadruple and reigning world champion this season

“In my opinion,” he is quoted by La Stampa, “Lewis Hamilton is the best driver. I don’t know what problems Vettel is having this year, but I have not changed my mind about him: he is not the best.”

“It is others who have to change their opinion,” Alonso added.

Sebastian Vettel versus Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel versus Fernando Alonso

Hamilton and Alonso had a famously acrimonious relationship during their single year as teammates at McLaren in 2007, Hamilton’s first year in the sport and Alonso the reigning F1 World Champion at the time. Relations soured and Alonso departed at the end of that year.

Since then the pair have healed the wounds and more often than not praise one another when the opportunity warrants, while most pundits agree that Hamilton and Alonso are best of the current generation.

Vettel, despite his four consecutive F1 world titles, has yet to convince his immediate rivals that his accomplishments are more the result of Adrian Newey’s superb and superior Red Bull cars which dominated the final years of the normally aspirated formula.

While this season the German has blatantly struggled with the style required to drive the less grippy new era V6 turbo cars, while being well beaten by the team’s newcomer (and the sports rising star) Ricciardo. (GMM)